We’re pleased to announce that a number of Ghostly/Spectral artists and releases have been nominated for one of our favorites, the reader-judged URB magazine’s Best of the Decade awards. And the nominees are…
ALBUM OF THE DECADE:
Matthew Dear’s Leave Luck to Heaven
LABEL OF THE DECADE:
Voting ends December 24th. Each one of your votes counts, so cast your ballots here.
January 2010 not only marks the emergence of a new year and a new decade—it’s also a bookend on the first ten years of Ghostly International. Naturally, we’re feeling a little reflective.
Since our humble beginnings, Ghostly has become much more than a label (or labels), and while the sky’s the limit for our ambitions, music remains at the core of our being. As a tribute to the brilliant artists who have inspired us during Ghostly’s lifetime, we present Ghostly’s 110: Our Favorite Albums of the Decade, a grand list of the records that made us who we are today. Have a look.
‘Oh Love’ may be Gadi Mizrahi ’s first single for Spectral and a teaser for his upcoming She Don’t EP, but it displays all the confidence, focus, and ingenuity of the roster’s most seasoned vets. Of course, Mizrahi is no dance-music novice, and he brings just the sort of dark, sexy, devilish spirit to “Oh Love” that he’s brought to underground Brooklyn parties for almost a decade now, as half of DJ/label/promoter Wolf + Lamb.
“Coastal Brake” is designer-slash-producer Scott Hansen’s third single as Tycho, and it’s almost certainly his best yet—a sweet slice of dream-beat that glides over the ocean surface like a high-speed waverider. “Coastal Brake”’s vintage synthesizers set the pointillistic scene, blipping and popping around a near-Balearic rhythm like melancholy drops in a river, rising and falling and building to a shimmering climax. It’s not quite dance music—more like Tycho’s soft-focus take on the escapist beauty of house.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) works by helping others identify and treat symptoms of depression, reduce related social stigmas, and offers resources for those touched by suicide.
Depression affects many millions of people around the world, and takes a particularly hard toll on the artistic community. The Ghostly International family has been personally affected by the disease, so we’ve made it our mission to help SAVE raise awareness of suicide prevention, and we encourage you to help by volunteering or making a direct donation to SAVE.
With this in mind, we will also donate $1 to SAVE for every order at The Ghostly Store, for the month of December.
Explore SAVE.org to learn about the symptoms of depression and treatment possibilities, and help us spread the word.