We’re sure you’ve all seen them by now, the endless throng of annual lists praising the best songs, albums, and artists to appear throughout the year. It’s an entertaining way to look back over 2014, and to remind ourselves of the music and experiences that meant the most to us. A good number of Ghostly mentions were made this year, too, so we’ve compiled our own list of Best of 2014 nods. Congrats to all!
CMJ’s 20 Best Music Videos
TOBACCO “Stalker” (dir. Eric Wareheim)
Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Live Acts
#1 – Recondite
It may now be nearing seven years since we teamed with the fine folks at Adult Swim for the first Ghostly Swim compilation, but we feel it’s never too late to revisit one of our favorite collaborations. And so we’ll return this holiday season with Ghostly Swim 2, a 13-track offering of wayward ambient sounds and seasick house music.
The news was first announced today on Wired, where one of the release’s exclusive productions also premiered. Featuring unreleased music from Shigeto, Dauwd, Anenon, CFCF, Patricia, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Heathered Pearls, and more, Ghostly Swim 2 will be available as a free download on December 23.
Ghostly is currently in the middle of celebrating our latest collaboration with Danish audio brand AIAIAI, the special-edition Ghostly TMA-1 headphones. So far, we’ve taken over their Instagram, published a joint city guide on our blog, and featured here, given away a collection of unreleased remixes. Available as a free stream and download, Ghostly Versions: Music for Headphones features Lusine, Recondite, and Shigeto tracks as reworked by talented Ghostly friends Vatican Shadow, Monty Luke, and Moors.
Brooklyn duo Beacon released their excellent L1 EP this week, just after it premiered on The Huffington Post. And now the pair has appeared in the latest edition of Against the Clock, FACT TV’s ongoing video series. In the quick piece, Beacon are given 10 minutes to make a new song from scratch, and what they come up with is a confident nod to the introspective and beat-friendly music featured across their new record.
Eager to revisit last year’s Warby Parker collaboration, Ghostly has returned to our Curtis sunglasses, offering the designer frames in three new colors. The Ghostly x Warby Parker shades are now available for the first time in Aubergine Fade, Moss, and Bourbon Tortoise. And our original Revolver Black color is back in stock with a new lens tint, which is exclusively available from Warby Parker retailers and The Ghostly Store.
What’s more, Ghostly artists Andy Gilmore, Sougwen Chung, Matthew Shlian, Matthias Brown, and Sonnenzimmer have contributed their inimitable art and design skills for a series of desktop wallpapers. Each image can be downloaded for free here.
Over on The Huffington Post, the latest record from Brooklyn duo Beacon, L1, has premiered before its release on Dec. 2. The publication describes Jacob Gossett’s and Thomas Mullarney III’s five-song EP as “a medley of minimal, hard-hitting beats and vaporous R&B that is as balancing as it is frantic,” which we’d say is pretty spot-on. You can hear all of Beacon’s L1 EP, and read a quick interview with Mullarney, here.
Prodigious young producer Lord RAJA is still a week from dropping his debut Ghostly album, A Constant Moth, but we’ve decided to share its genre-juggling, beat-centric music ahead of the December 2 release. Our friends at Hype Machine have helped us with the premiere, streaming the record’s 12 tracks in their full cosmic brilliance. Listen to the entirety of Lord RAJA’s A Constant Moth LP here.
With this week’s arrival of his AVION EP for Spectral Sound, UK techno stalwart Mark E is sharing a full stream of its lush dancefloor sounds. The release features four original productions and two remixes, with White Material’s Alvin Aronson and Laszlo Dancehall (a.k.a. Leon Vynehall and Christian Piers) reimagining two tracks from this year’s Product of Industry. Mark E’s AVION EP can be heard in its entirety over on XLR8R.
Ghostly has teamed with 3D printing company MakerBot for a special contest, inviting designers to create unique objects that will delight record collectors and music lovers everywhere. Design a 3D item that could decorate, augment, or personalize record collections and home stereos, enter by November 30, and a panel of judges will select winners based on creativity and printability. The first-prize winner will score our 2014 full-length vinyl catalog and MakerBot’s Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.
With the announcement of his second album for Ghostly, Michna has unveiled the first single from Thousand Thursday, an affable, synthy tune called “She Exists in My Mind”. Consequence of Sound premiered the beat-driven song today, ahead of the NYC producer’s record dropping on February 3, seven years after his debut LP.