Ghost Culture’s debut album is everything we expected and more
London based producer Ghost Culture has slowly been drip feeding us quality release after quality release since 2013. After months of rumour and hearsay his debut album is finally released. Recorded over the space of a few months in his bedroom studio. The album is a master class showing what is achievable with limited resources and great ideas. Yes Mark Ronson and David Guetta we’re talking about you here. Signed to London based Phantasy Records Ghost Culture has found a unique home. Over the past few years Phantasy have released amazing albums by Conan Mockasin and Daniel Avery. As Phantasy say “Ghost Culture emerges from the shadows to make the space between those two worlds his own”
While this is true, there is more to it than that. It’s true that he shares elements of both words. There is the dance floor consciousness of Avery, yet the playful lyrical imagery of Mockasin has been stripped to its most basic and potent form. All of the songs on the album sound familiar, but they don’t at the same time. Some tracks sound like LCD Soundsystem, but they have been taken to a different conclusion than anything James Murphy at al would have done. Others sound like Depeche Mode, but with an eye on the dance floor, rather than the Top 40. Lying is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”, but re-imagined through an 808. It’s this simplicity and playfulness that gives the album its real charm. The album is chocked full of these moments. Stand out track Answer sounds like LCD Soundsystem covering Aphex Twin being produced by Vangelis and remixed Phuture.
There are downsides to the album though. On certain tracks, Lucky, Ghost Culture’s vocals seem almost redundant and the song, and album, might have been stronger being an instrumental. This is all immaterial and nit-picking; as this is one of the strongest debut albums, scratch that, one of the strongest albums that I’ve heard in a long time. What Ghost Culture has effortlessly done, is create 10 tracks that are equally enjoyable on the bus to work and in a club on the dance floor. Rumour has it that he’s taking the album on the road later in the year, if this is true, then this is something that cannot be missed!