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"Giudecca/Half Open EP"

Release date: 24 February 2014
Ghost Culture – Giudecca/Half Open EP
20 February 2014, 11:30 Written by Stephen Jenkins

We don’t know much about Ghost Culture, other than that he’d probably prefer it if we didn’t know much about him. We have a few facts: he is signed to Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound label and, according to his Facebook page he is currently ‘emerging from the London Fog’. Spooky.

What we do know is that late last year he emerged with an impressive display of gloom-laden, bass-rooted and melody-heavy house music in the shape of Mouth EP, and he’s about to treat us again with the upcoming release of Giudecca/Half Open.

So named after an island in the Venetian Lagoon, leading track “Giudecca” sees the londoner swap the phantasmal sounds displayed on Mouth for heat-stroked synth pulses and beats from more tropical climes. On the vocal version of the track, a soft voice (possibly that of the producer, possibly not, do you really think we would know?) speaks of finding strange satisfaction in letting go, while a distant synth calls back in turns. It’s a drifting out into the ocean on a lilo with a drink in your hand kind of track which reveals a surprisingly lighthearted side to this mysterious producer.

The second half of this EP comes in the form of a more traditional club track “Half Open”, which gleams with synth samples over a dripping beat which soon layers into a high-tempo yet well measured arrangement of hi-hats and undulating bass lines. By the end of the six minute long track, all composite parts fuse together and then melt away into a flooding crescendo, leaving nothing but a few chunky scraps of bass and an inundated dancefloor.

Whoever he is and wherever he is from, we can be sure that Ghost Culture has definitely got our attention. With the satisfying, albeit brief, offerings that we’ve had so far from the producer we can only wait in hope for something more substantial to follow. And with the backing of Erol Alkan, and workmates like Daniel Avery at Phantasy Sound, we won’t need to keep our fingers crossed for too long.

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