Three years after Heathered Pearls debuted on Ghostly with his Loyal LP, the Brooklyn-based producer has announced his sophomore album. Called Body Complex, it’s a 10-track record which finds Jakub Alexander moving closer to the deep techno sounds of his youth, such as Terrence Dixon and Lawrence. And its artwork bears mentioning, too: Alexander designed the sculpture on his new album cover, and is selling the unique object exclusively through The Ghostly Store.
Today’s announcement hit Resident Advisor, where the lead single from Body Complex was also posted. You can stream Heathered Pearls’ soft-glowing “Interior Architecture Software” on SoundCloud, before he releases Body Complex on August 7.
We’re just a couple months out from the release of Fort Romeau’s lovely second album, Insides, and now the UK DJ/producer has met up with Electronic Beats to chat about the sounds and synth-centric processes that informed his latest batch of detailed house music. The noted vinyl-junkie also heads into Phonica Records in London, uncovering some gems as he waxes inspirational about how record digging and creation are interconnected.
Movement, the decades-old electronic music festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, has just announced the showcases set to take over its Made in Detroit stage this Memorial Day Weekend. And as you can probably tell from the awesome flier up top (designed by Shawna X), Ghostly will be there in full effect.
All day and night on Sunday, May 24, a wide array of DJs and performers will fill out our packed line-up—including live sets from Detroit natives Shigeto and Osborne, as well as DJ sessions from the likes of Matrixxman, Fort Romeau, Mike Servito, Ryan Elliott, JTC, Heathered Pearls, and Matthew Dear, among others. While we wait for Movement to get underway later this month, check out their recent interview with Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV, where they talk about Detroit, early techno, the label, and beyond.
“It’s been three years since Choir of Young Believers released new material,” starts Clash magazine in its premiere of “Face Melting”, a hazy surprise single from the Danish project helmed by singer/songwriter Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. Clash goes on to describe the song, saying, ”’Face Melting’ is a languid return, the sighing vocals set against fluttering electronics which daub the material in a hallucinogenic glow.” Choir of Young Believers shared very little information along with the new tune, but something this gorgeous really doesn’t require much explanation.
Most of you likely know the name Matrixxman, the alias of Bay Area DJ/producer Charles Duff. He’s become a staple in the techno/house realm on the back of no less than 12 EPs released since 2013, including two for Spectral Sound last year. With so much momentum behind him, it seemed like the perfect time to announce Matrixxman’s debut album, a 12-track techno epic called Homesick.
The news appeared today on Resident Advisor, and arrived with a stream of lead single “Augmented”. Duff’s steely techno jam is just a glimpse of Homesick’s fascinations with artificial intelligence and “a true post-corporeal” reality, not mention a Grade A dancefloor heater. Look for the rest of Matrixxman’s debut album to drop on July 10.
It was just before Christmas 2014 when we first unveiled Ghostly Swim 2, the appropriately titled second installment of our compilation series with Adult Swim. And now that collection of zonked ambient textures and punch-drunk house and techno—courtesy of Ghostly friends and artists Shigeto, Heathered Pearls, Lord RAJA, Dauwd, and Patricia, CFCF, Nautiluss, and Anenon, among others—is getting a beautifully packaged CD release on April 28. You can check out the announcement on The FADER, which premiered with a stream of Glacher Lustwerk’s bonus track, “In the Place”.
We’ve also decided to bring artist/designer Jacob Escobedo’s lavish interpretation of the Ghostly logo to a new t-shirt, available in The Ghostly Store. Escobedo had this to say about his illustration: “I think it comes the closest to relaying the feeling and textures of the [Ghostly Swim 2] compilation, solemn with a bit of optimism.”
Between the 1st and 3rd of May, the first annual Further Future festival will gather at a beautiful, secret location in the mountains not far from Las Vegas, Nevada. The line-up is absolutely massive and well-curated, and features a number of Ghostly friends and artists—including Christopher Willits, Dauwd, Beacon, The Sight Below, and Com Truise. You’ll see them alongside the likes of Tim Hecker, Actress, The Orb, Bob Moses, FaltyDL, Frank & Tony, Hundred Waters, Pezzner, Nosaj Thing, Loscil, Martyn, and so many more. Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend to us.
Coming next week, the second album by Fort Romeau is set to further illuminate the London producer’s vision of patient and pristine house music. Insides will be made available on March 31, but can now be heard in its entirety, courtesy of Hype Machine. Give yourself some time and space to properly experience Fort Romeau’s eight-song excursion through warm electronics and lavish dancefloor energy.
The latest single to appear from Fort Romeau’s impending sophomore album, Insides, is “All I Want”, a steamy house jam that balances vibrant synth moods with big dancefloor energy. Stereogum premiered the piano-laced song, saying, “You might miss some of the yearning on ‘All I Want’ unless it’s so loud that it’s pulsing through your earbuds or (preferably) your surround sound.” So get to properly vibing on Fort Romeau’s new track while you wait for Insides to drop on March 31.
With his second Spectral Sound record on the way next week (March 16, specifically), Bay Area dancefloor maven Matrixxman has shared the four-song StuxNet 12”. His new acid-centric release premiered with XLR8R, featuring the original title track split into two distinctive productions and a couple of steely remixes from techno pros Silent Servant and Hieroglyphic Being. Listen to the latest Matrixxman record on SoundCloud.