Khotin signs to Ghostly, announces Beautiful You LP release

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Presently, the Pacific Northwest is getting an unusually large amount of snow. It’s unusual because our winter precipitation typically arrives as rain. Since the city has little to no way to handle even a few inches, I’m cooped up at home with nothing to do except listen to tunes, read, and meander from one corner of the apartment to the other.

Luckily, at least one welcome bit of news managed to creep its way into my inbox: word that the fine folks at Ghostly International are putting Dylan Khotin-Foote’s exceptional Beautiful You to wax. The album, originally issued on cassette in July of 2018, has lingered in the “out of print purgatory” — until now, of course.

Beautiful You is 10 tracks of those blissful ambient, chill-out, trip-hop zones which Khotin has inhabited on previous releases for 1080p, Pacific Rhythm, DFA, Public Release, and Normals Welcome. The main draw here is the hint of melancholy that permeates the “good vibes,” and, thus, it’s aptly suited for the above-mentioned snowy days holed-up at home.

The newly issued album comes out April 5, but you can currently pre-order the reissued edition, which comes in both standard black or “white smoke” vinyl. Stream “Dwellberry” below, and assimilate yourself to the hypnotic, trippy aural worlds of Khotin.

Beautiful You tracklisting:

01. Welcome
02. Water Soaked In Forever
03. Levi’s Synth
04. Alla’s Scans
05. Vacation
06. Dwellberry
07. $1 Add
08. Looping Good
09. Merged Host
10. Somehow More Sad

The Sight Below celebrates 10 years post-gliding, announces Glider LP reissue and remix cassette

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If going to the gym is part of your weekly routine, and music is a necessity in order for you to maintain the rhythm of your stinky-yet-beneficial exercising, it’s probably not recommended that you opt for the more recent work of Rafael Anton Irisarri. The erstwhile sound engineer has been seriously active maintaining his status as one of the most qualitatively consistent ambient/drone musicians working today, and the type of sounds you heard on his recent tapes for the Umor Rex label have the ongoing potential to result in serious injury if dated to auto-sedate while handling dumbbells and such.

A far better choice for the gym environment would be the albums that Irisarri released as The Sight Below, but those came out a while ago. Hmm, maybe we should get our beats elsewhere…

NO WAIT! Unexpected news on The Sight Below relates to the December 7 release of Glider 10, a special 10th anniversary version of the first album that Irisarri adorned with the moniker. And what’s more, the Ghostly International label is also sponsoring Glider 10: Reworks, a cassette featuring Glider track remixes from artists like Simon Scott (of Slowdive notoriety), Biosphere, and Benoît Pioulard. The music on both releases is destined to be enveloping; but if you know The Sight Below, then you appreciate the soft, beat-driven procession that separates this music from Irisarri’s work under his own name.

Have a listen to the “Acronym Retouch” of the track “Life’s Fading Light” below. Pre-order Glider 10 and Reworks here and here.

Glider artwork: Michael Cina

Glider 10 tracklisting:

01. At First Touch
02. Without Motion
03. Life’s Fading Light
04. The Sunset Passage
05. Already There
06. Further Away
07. Dour
08. A Fractured Smile
09. Nowhere

Glider 10: Reworks tracklisting:

01. At First Touch (Simon Scott Remix)
02. Further Away (Benoît Pioulard Rework)
03. WIthout Motion (Leandro Fresco remix)
04. A Fractured Smile (Warmth Remix)
05. Dour (Markus Guentner Remix)
06. At First Touch (Yagya Rework)
07. The Sunset Passage (Biosphere Remix)
08. Life’s Fading Light (Acronym Retouch)

Listen to two new songs from Matthew Dear’s upcoming album! Come on! All the cool kids are doing it!

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Matthew Dear just might be the leader of a cult. Let’s face it. He’s mischievous, mysterious, well-versed, enigmatic, and hey, he just has the voice for it —not to mention the hair! Can you really create such devilish electronica for over 20 years without some shady dealings? I don’t think so.

The newest of Dear’s arcane creations is Bunny, his fifth full-length album and first record under his own name since 2012’s Beams. The record will be out October 12 on Ghostly International, a label at which Dear is a founding artist and consistent resident. Bunny huh?? Perhaps one like this?

If you want to root around the garden for more clues, lucky you! Matthew Dear has released two new singles ahead of the record: “Bunny’s Dream” and “Echo,” which you can stream below. They are — in true Matthew Dear fashion — difficult to define, with a great level of saturation and twisted beats. Some part of me wants to play them backwards and listen for coded messages that tell me to fly to San Francisco or invest in Synthetic Plastics or something…

From Dear:

“I make music for people who like my music” is something I recently tweeted. There is something I’ve come to love about my career. I really can do whatever I want. So long as I feel it’s the best use of time, or yields results that translate into good music later. That’s where you’ll find the music. It’s in my head. It’s on my hard drives. It’s in my car driving the girls to school in the morning.

In other words, if you’re already a follower of Matthew Dear, rejoice! If you’re not…well, you’ll find out about your fate soon enough. Until then, go ahead and pre-order Bunny now.

Bunny tracklisting:

01. Bunny’s Dream
02. Calling
03. Can You Rush Them
04. Echo
05. Modafinil Blues
06. What You Don’t Know
07. Horses (feat. Tegan and Sara)
08. Moving Man
09. Bunny’s Interlude
10. Duke of Dens
11. Electricity
12. Kiss Me Forever
13. Bad Ones (feat. Tegan and Sara)
14. Before I Go

Helios signs to Ghostly International, renounces non-synth instruments on new album Veriditas

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Don’t call it a comeback?

Latin in its purest form is universally considered a dead language, but Keith Kenniff — a.k.a. Helios — has been indirectly doing his part to compel a revival that, with any luck, will soon have non-native speakers (which is everyone) saying “eugepae!”

“Helios” itself is obviously a derivation of the Latin word, “Helius,” which was used to refer to the sun god in Greek mythology; and the Helios album Caesura took its title from the identical Latin word used to highlight verse breaks in poetry. Clearly, the Portland-based musician who specializes in tracks conducive to meditation has an ongoing fascination with these sorts of words. (Maybe single words of ancient etymology are an appropriate lead-in to quasi-ambient magnificence? Or maybe Maximus was a kick-ass character?)

Regardless, Veriditas is Helios’s latest Latin-titled album (and his first) for Ghostly International. And as an allusion to the denotation of “viriditas” (greenness, fecundity, vitality), the music therein is set to demonstrate a degree of new growth for the whole Helios project: percussion apparently wasn’t used on any of the tracks, and the acoustic guitar was likewise relegated to the studio corner for every track save “Upward Beside the Gale.” The result is seemingly something much less active in terms of instrumentation. “I wanted to explore emotionality within something more static,” Kenniff says.

The track “Seeming” below seems to fit the bill indeed. Check it out for yourself down below, pre-order Veriditas now, and start boning up on your Latin before the album’s August 31 release date.

Veriditas tracklisting:

01. Seeming
02. Latest Lost
03. Dreams
04. Eventually
05. Even Today
06. Harmonia
07. North Wind
08. Toward You
09. Upward Beside the Gale
10. Row the Tide
11. Silverlight
12. Mulier

Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, ‘Saccade’

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Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, 'Saccade'

Off the heels of his involvement in the psychedelic noise outfit Emeralds and its eventual dissolution, Steve Hauschildt found himself at home again in the sublime landscape of experimental electronica.  Now, in accordance with his solo minimalist techno work,  Hauschildt’s announced he’ll be releasing his first album for Ghostly International in early-August.

The album’s title, Dissolvi, is a reference to the Latin phrase cupio dissolvi, which translates to “I wish to be dissolved.” Per the album’s press release, physiological phenomena are of severe interest to Hauschildt and as a result, his songs are distinctly cerebral in their orientation, while the music’s visceral energy lends largely unexplainable.

Dissolvi‘s announcement comes complete with the album’s lead single, a soft new track “Saccade,” featuring the Los Angeles-based musician Julianna Barwick.  The work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg comes to mind when listening. As in, “I am the people—the mob—the crowd—the mass.” In coincidence with Hauschildt’s interest of dissociating the self in this work, the individual, too, dissolves into the crowd, as well as in Barwick’s saccharine echoes in the song.

Speaking about the album’s recording process and its effect on the work, Hauschildt said: “Much of it was recorded in a windowless studio which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music. The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation. I describe my compositional approach as being quasi-generative.”

In his embrace of new methods and philosophical curiosities, Hauschildt’s expanded the range of his output, and delivered a fascinating and profoundly rich experience in listening, being, and contextualizing as a result.

Ghostly International will release Dissolvi on August 3.

Album Cover Art Credit: Robert Beatty

Steve Hauschildt prepares to improve your acupuncturist’s music taste with a new album on Ghostly International

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Let’s all be honest: all these YouTube relaxation playlists just aren’t doing the trick for us anymore. If only there were a way to convince our Chinese herbalist to listen to something new for a change…Well, here’s our chance! Steve Hauschildt has just announced a new full-length record, Dissolvi, which comes out July 8 on Ghostly International.

“Much of [Dissolvi] was recorded in a windowless studio, which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music,” writes Hauschildt. “The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation.” The title takes its name from cupio dissolvi, a Latin phrase meaning “I wish to dissolve.” That’s how I normally feel when they stick all those tiny needles in my hands, too. Hopefully the music is as physiologically relaxing as the title promises…

Oh, ok. I just listened to the first single below and I can confirm it is not a disappointing journey inwards. “Saccade” features fellow “I make music in a dark room with all the windows drawn” artist, Julianna Barwick. It was inspired by “involuntary eye movements” and features a gorgeous blend of Barwick’s signature echo and Hauschildt’s kosmiche-style productions.

Dissolvi is Hauschildt’s first full length for Ghostly, following the release of his 2016 album Strands and his appearance on this year’s phenomenal new record from Christina Vantzou. Pre-order it now, and be sure to give a copy as a gift to your acupuncturist. In no time, you’ll be jamming out (or totally asleep) whenever you’re getting glass orbs suction-stuck to your back! Thanks Steve!

Cover art: Robert Beatty

Dissolvi tracklisting:

01. M Path
02. Phantox
03. Saccade (ft. Julianna Barwick)
04. Alienself
05. Aroid
06. Syncope (ft. GABI)
07. Lyngr
08. Dissolvi

X-Altera – Compound Extraprotus

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Detroit-based producer Tadd Mullinix is a man of many names and many skills. From his hip-hop tinged instrumentals under his Dabrye moniker to his acid and techno releases as JTC, Mullinix has never strayed from creating from an array of genres and perspectives. Fittingly, the eclectic producer has just released a new jungle-inspired single, titled “Compound Extraprotus” under his new X-Altera alias.

Coming just a week before the self-titled X-Altera LP drops on Ghostly International, “Compound Extraprotus” is a dark and textured approach to jungle that showcases Mullinix’s grasp of a wide-range of production styles. A close listen exposes an homage to electronic cultures of the past, with Mullinix finding inspiration in “the deep, melodic techno of Detroit and London.” With two X-Altera singles already out, an album to come on June 15th, and the release of a Dabrye LP earlier this year, Mullinix continues to position himself as one of Detroit’s top purveyor of underground sounds.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Heathered Pearls taps Matrixxman for old-school, acid techno rework on forthcoming remix EP

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Ghostly International‘s Heathered Pearls revisits his gorgeous 2017 ambient techno EP, Detroit, MI 1997-2001, with a collection of remixes which further interpret the material and the city of Detroit that had so greatly shaped the Polish-born, Brooklyn-based artist.

So far, Alexander’s shared the first of the reworks, Matrixxman’s “8 am techno reawakening,” an acidic, lo-fi interpretation of “Under The Bridge,” one of three new angles for the piece on the remix set.

Drilling the ethereal number deeper into the underground and stripping the track of its pearlescent shimmer, Matrixxman unveils a rattling, old-school acid techno. With a much more immediate interpretation, Matrixxman’s “8 am mix” possesses both a fitting title and the contrasting properties to enjoy in accordance with the dreamy original.

Detroit, MI 1997-2001 Remixes is out July 13. Pre-order it here.

Kim Ann Foxman preps for Movement with a high-energy Orbit playlist

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Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty,” proclaims the New York-based DJ Kim Ann Foxman. If there were ever a DJ who’s an embodiment of that notion, not to mention adheres to a commendable free-flowing expression, it would be Foxman. Virtually unfazed by outside trends and one with her deep love for the craft, Foxman is a rare specimen.

The Hawaii-born artist quickly ascended into the musical sphere for her role in the neo-disco outfit Hercules and Love Affair, a vibrant-live disco troupe and glittery amour. Since then, she’s become one of New York’s finest DJs, possessing an unparalleled dynamic air to her performances.  Foxman’s tapped into the same affectionately off-kilter vibes of her former entourage in a manner all her own having launched her Firehouse Recordings label in 2014, she’s been able to coalesce euphoric house flavors and New York house sensibilities with a chameleon-like aptitude towards virtually any live environment she’s thrown into.

From playing shows at Berghain‘s revered Panorama Bar in Berlin to Tel Aviv’s The Block— Foxman’s a continually exuberant act, playing to the room, and staying true to herself, and her love for music along the way.

Dancing Astronaut had the chance to touch base with Foxman ahead of her highly anticipated performance at Ghostly International‘s Movement pre-party, where she’ll be playing alongside Matthew Dear, Tadd Mullinix as X-Altera, Shigeto, and more. She’s even managed to drop off an infectious, exclusive playlist, or if you’d prefer her own words — “a bunch of nice jammers.”

“The latest one on Firehouse Recordings I’m honored to put out as its a 1994 rave jam that I’ve always love,” Foxman told us.

“The release has both original mixes and two new remixes by Deetron and myself! New Beats The House is an instant party when you play it. New Beat / House vibes! Objekt is a definite YES. I’m really excited to have him play at my next Firehouse residency at Good Room on May 24th! I also really dig the DJ Normal 4 mix of Persian “Morning Sun” on Mysticims, a pretty old school breakbeat done fresh. I love what Bézier has been doing musically for a long time, his whole new album is great, so melodic and pretty.”


Keep On Climbin’ – Mix 1 – Psychedelic Research Lab
Underground – Jace Syntax
New Beats The House – Grey House
Galactic Devotion – Nick Anthony Simoncino
House Of 1,000 Organs – Jozef F, Winter Son Original Mix
Atmospherica – Mind Lotion
Theme From Q – Objekt
Morning Sun – Persian DJ Normal 4 Remix
Organisation Maritime – Bézier

Tickets and more information for the Ghostly International Movement pre-party can be found here.

Photo Credit: Tim Sweeney

Kllo shift their sound on new single, ‘Potential’

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Melbourne duo Kllo released their first single, “Potential”, buttressed with an accompanying video since their breathtaking debut album, Backwater, in 2017.

On “Potential,” the Ghostly International group, consisting of cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, made a conscious effort to grow their sound. An atmospheric opening morphs into a subdued production, with a focus on Kaul’s characteristically effortless vocals and Lam’s subtly clever arrangements. It’s a track that displays its ambition in a reserved manner — one that bodes well for the duo’s upcoming efforts.

The video released concurrently with “Potential” fits the bittersweet tone of the track itself, following both Kaul and Lam separately before uniting. A number of effects to give the video a nostalgic, glitchy look similarly match the emotions of the track.

Photo Credit: @kllomusic/Instagram