With his self-titled debut LP it is arguable that Ghost Culture, aka 24 year-old Londoner James Greenwood, has released one of the best and most compelling electronic albums of the year. Critically hailed upon release by everyone from Q to the Observer and The Quietus, Greenwood has slyly, stealthily built up a musical landscape of haunting and beautiful unease, wrapping itself around pop songs that are mesmeric as they are propulsive – probably not a surprise, coming from a key collaborator on Daniel Avery’s lauded Drone Logic album.
‘Lucky’, the third single from Ghost Culture, is a distinct slice of haunting vocal performance and psychedelic electronica. Co-produced by Erol Alkan, it is also perhaps the strongest showcase yet of Ghost Culture’s burgeoning prowess as not only a natural studio experimentalist but also as a confident and compelling songwriter, creating music that’s both instantly memorable and yet always intriguing.
Complimenting the original recording of Lucky is a remix from the pioneering Matthew Dear in his Audion guise, whose celebrated talent for bridging esoteric elements of techno, pop and dub lends itself perfectly to exploring the detailed and subtle layers of Ghost Culture’s unique vision. The remix drops on vinyl and via digital stores in mid September, just head of Greenwood’s hotly anticipated next London headline show at Corsica Studios on the 23rd. Don’t miss it.
Since announcing his arrival one year ago with a debut single ‘Mouth’, London based artist Ghost Culture has built up a feverish following with a further pair of ear catching singles.
Second single “Guidecca” confirmed Ghost Culture’s songwriting talent and production expertise and garnered further rave reviews from the music press. Dubbed “delightfully woozy” by Pitchfork and described by Dummy magazine as a “jerky electro pop earworm that just gets better with every listen”, this sophomore release saw the artist carving out a niche between genres that was all his own.
The brooding “Arms” followed, a queasy combination of early electro, dub techno and gloomy synth pop which seduced listeners with its outsider charm and paved the way for Ghost Culture’s debut LP.
Now Phantasy, are proud to present his self titled debut album, a collection of ten tracks rich in emotion, musicality and sonic artistry, which will see release on January 5th 2015.
Below, you can watch the official video for “Guidecca”. Directed by Becan & Tilly.
London producer Ghost Culture returns with a new single for Phantasy, opening the door a little further into his musical world. ‘Giudecca’ is an aching love song for a mechanical heart: hypnotic, addictive and enthralling. ‘Half Open’ follows on from where previous release ‘Red Smoke’ left off with a piece of dusty, modern techno set from inside the strobe light. The hypnotising duo of ‘Giudecca’ and ‘Half Open’ were both co produced and mixed with Erol Alkan at The Phantasy Sound studios. Get your 12” here. The video for ‘Guidecca’ is directed by Lewis LLoyd.