From its unforgettable opening “one… two… one-two-three” kick pattern, Kate Simko ’s “Take You There” proves that a few well-placed elements are all it takes to make a minimal-house classic. The Take You There EP is yet another entry into Simko’s growing catalogue of immaculately arranged dance music—light-on-their-feet but dark-of-heart dance tracks whose precise individual elements build upon one another, combining and re-combining into a greater whole. Download the Take You There EP from The Ghostly Store.
Kate recently ripped it up at our Berlin 10-year bash—have a listen to Deep Inside, her recent GhostlyCast podcast, and enjoy.
Deastro’s Moondagger expands upon the positive electro-pop of Keepers—Deastro’s home-recorded opus from 2008—with the addition of a full band. Thankfully, the mercurial, prolific Randolph Chabot still seems blissfully unaware of his music’s genreless-ness. Thick, atmospheric production obscures bright, starry-eyed melodies; ecstatic synth squiggles dance around new-wave beats on songs about Nordics, toxic crusaders, and geometric shapes; arrangement ideas bounce off one another within ambitious song structures that swerve left, then right, then left again.
Alan Abrahams grew up in post-Apartheid South Africa, where polyrhythmic percussion first entered his bloodstream; he then lived in Portugal for years, sweating it out in Lisbon’s club scene while absorbing the sounds of electronic dance music and releasing tracks via numerous aliases. Three years after releasing 2006’s The Conservation of Electric Charge on Spectral Sound, the man known as Bodycode moved from Lisbon to Berlin. Now, Teutonic house music’s taut, jacking rhythms form the core of Immune, Alan’s new full-length as Bodycode.
We’re throwing a big’un on Friday, June 26th, pulling out Ghostly and Spectral Sound’s big guns at Berlin’s bustling Berghain club. The details are as follows:
Ghostly 10-Year: Berlin
Friday, June 26th
Berghain (Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain, Berlin)
Derek Plaslaiko (DJ)
Kate Simko (Live)
Michna with Raw Paw (Live)
The Sight Below (Live)
Jeff McIlwain’s work as Lusine has always involved the conjuring of imaginary sonic landscapes, but “Two Dots,” the first single from his upcoming full-length A Certain Distance, is certainly one of his strangest and most beautiful. McIlwain manipulates the sounds of flesh-and-blood instruments—the shuffle of brushed snares, a cloud of anxious strings, collaborator Vilja Larjosto’s clear-blue vocals—placing them in the same psychoacoustic space as gently pinging electronics and swarms of micro-samples. The end result is Lusine’s “Two Dots”: a sound-painting born of natural sources and electronic means, whose details seem to bloom like a forest of fractals. It’s also a pop song with a hook you’ll be humming for days.
Next week, our ongoing worldwide 10-year anniversary party continue—this time in a beautiful country far, far away:
GHOSTLY 10: BARCELONA (@ SONAR)
June 18th, 2009
The Sonar Village Stage
Michna with Raw Paw
The Sight Below
+ DJ set by SV4
“How can you say you’d live without me?,” intones Lerato, the thick-voiced female speaker at the center of “What Did You Say”, Alan Abraham’s new single as Bodycode. As the voice gradually distends and mutates into unrecognizable curliques, Lerato’s final refrain of “our minds and bodies… are all one” floats off into the middle distance—it’s a declaration of sorts, an announcement that the Berlin-based Bodycode has pulled back the whirlwind clicks ‘n cuts of 2006’s The Conservation of Electric Charge to reveal the tight, jacking rhythms and romantic dancefloor universalism of his upcoming second full-length, Immune. (Download Bodycode’s new single at The Ghostly Store.)