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Can some of the dance music people tell me whether they rate the Ghostly label or not? I've received several records by them and their most recent mailing had a 12" by Disco Nouveau that sounded completely ace to me.

J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:13 (eighteen years ago) link

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J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:14 (eighteen years ago) link

is it prefuse73 / scott heren label? dabrye, who has a record out, is pretty mellow. in the delarosa and asora (heren) vein (but not as good). have not been blown away by anything i've heard on ghostly, but i;ve only had limited exposure...

marcg (marcg), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:27 (eighteen years ago) link

John, the Disco Nouveau 12"s are DJ-friendly issues of the stuff on this comp: Tangent 2002: Disco Nouveau. Which I enjoy quite a bit, though I don't fill your criterion of "dance music people." Which ones are you liking? Of the artists on there I'm very keen on the DMX Krew track (the best thing of his that I've heard), the Legowelt vs. Orgue Electronique remix of "Metal Disco" (Hong Kong Counterfeit), the Legowelt track, the Adult. one, and ... well, most of it, really, but those in particular.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:32 (eighteen years ago) link

the dabrye full-length is classic. crunchy, mellow, unbelievably funky. don't know about the rest.

arjun (arjun), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:26 (eighteen years ago) link

I've only heard Tadd Mullinix, Dabrye and Midwest Product, but they've all been excellent, therefore probably classic. Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73, Savath & Savalas, Delarosa & Asora) runs the label, and seems to have very discerning (if not perhaps a little same-ish) tastes.

mark p (Mark P), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Midwest Product was amazing live. The album was a little disappointing but I reckon it's mostly older stuff. Dabrye's not my style so much, and Disco Nouveau while an excellent comp is not really up my alley these days either. The more electrowhatever I hear the more boring it gets..

Tom Millar (Millar), Saturday, 11 January 2003 00:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Scott Herren = Eastern Developments

Sam Valenti IV = Ghostly

Andy K (Andy K), Saturday, 11 January 2003 02:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Rich kid gets financial backing from his international investment banker father and decides to put out luke warm/medocre electronic music with dad's money.


Mike Taylor (mjt), Saturday, 11 January 2003 17:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Duh! Andy is absolutely right, of course. I guess I got confused because Herren discovered Dabrye...

mark p (Mark P), Saturday, 11 January 2003 18:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Search: Alice Ghostly.

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 11 January 2003 18:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Rich kid gets financial backing from his international investment banker father and decides to put out luke warm/medocre electronic music with dad's money.

Sounds like they and the Strokes should tour?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 11 January 2003 18:24 (eighteen years ago) link

apart from dabrye - complete dud

stirmonster, Saturday, 11 January 2003 18:32 (eighteen years ago) link

mmmm thought disco nouveau was a bit boring. likewise dabrye.

ambrose (ambrose), Saturday, 11 January 2003 18:56 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Aaron W (Aaron W), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 16:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Its kind of an obvious point, but who cares how rich he is? You're suffering from the same thing Simon Reynolds has...

Anyway, the disco nouveau stuff I've heard is all quality (although i've never seen its reaction on the dancefloor). I think that comes out on Spectral - which is their dancier imprint. I have a 12" by solvent - 'ga ga' or something, which is also great, more in a kompakt/pop vein.

The rest of the G.I. stuff i've heard doesn't grab me - in particular, matthew dear, who seems like their key artist... its all a bit soul destroying glitch house fluff.

foop, Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Checked out the first couple of 12" and didn't hear anything that kept my interest...average sounding electro and techno that didn't strike me as likely to make anyone want to dance but wasn't interesting enough for sitting/listening purposes either. Decided to reevaluate after seeing Dear put on a storming laptop set a few weeks back, but wasn't so fired up as to actually go and re-listen to anything.

mmmmsalt (Graeme), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:13 (seventeen years ago) link

actually the Matt Dear full length, imo, is pretty dope. and take it how you want, but the press fucking loved it last year. it's called Leave Luck to Heaven, if you need know. charles manier has got some amazing crunchy electro 12"s on there too.

ken taylrr, Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I did like the Matthew Dear album quite a bit, but I believe he is on the sublabel Spectral Recordings. In particular Dog Days the first single.

hector (hector), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, sorry, talking out of my arse again.

The disco nouveau stuff comes out on ghostly. The Mat dear stuff which I've heard - ep1 and ep2 (and don't rate except for 1 or 2 tracks) comes out on spectral. But I'd certainly listen to an LP of his.

Aren't these sub-labels supposed to make things *less* confusing?

The one to go for first is probably "idol tryouts" - a comp.
Read about it here:

foop, Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Dabrye restored my faith in 'idm' (or at least a small portion of it). i think it's because he was mimicking one of my favorite hip hop producers, Jay Dee. it's pretty cool that the two have become friends (both from Detroit) and are currently working on projects together

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 17:53 (seventeen years ago) link

soundmurderer does acid house revival tracks as "osborne" on spectral, and they're pretty hot. um, but that's only like three tracks on two eps. there's an isolee remix on one of those eps.

i was saying mean things about matthew dear on another thread and andy k gave me such a beatdown that i may go buy the album to see what he's so worked up about.

obviously, spectral (house) >>> ghostly (idm)

vahid (vahid), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 18:09 (seventeen years ago) link


Aaron W (Aaron W), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 19:32 (seventeen years ago) link

try that again...


Aaron W (Aaron W), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link


Dara (Dara), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 21:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Logo - classic
Label - dud

___ (___), Thursday, 18 March 2004 10:59 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
news alert:

One World: Ghostly International

This week's One World show on Radio 1: is a Ghostly International Label Showcase

Show broadcast on Radio 1 on Friday 21st May 2004 [midnight - 2am, UK BST Time]

Artists featured:

» Dabrye
» Matthew Dear
» Midwest Product

Main webpage »One World

[Reminder, this show is available to listen on demand for upto 7 days after broadcast]

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 20 May 2004 15:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Clearly recorded on their recent tour. Matthew Dear was hugely dissapointing, especially considering he is also Jabberjaw, his Ghostly stuff is just plain dull.

___ (___), Thursday, 20 May 2004 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link

the backstroke ep is really nice

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 20 May 2004 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link

The song "My Radio" by Solvent is gorgeous -- I think either Fluxblog or Said the Gramaphone put up a remix by Schneider TM that was just as/even more pretty. I highly recommed that song if you like warm electro stuff with vocals (and don't mind that the label is run by a young man whose father is wealthy and gave him money to put out music he likes, or whatever the idiots upthread were whining about).

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 20 May 2004 16:10 (seventeen years ago) link

oh, and "dog days" is one the new afuken fabric mix.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 20 May 2004 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link

where oh where is the new dabrye?

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 20 May 2004 16:15 (seventeen years ago) link

So, to be honest not sure if the Radio 1 mixes are live from recent Dear & Dabrye European dates or were done in the studio exclusively for the show. I think a little bit of both, actually.

My Radio remix can be found on this. Full-length Solvent is coming this fall.

New Dabrye single with Jay Dee is coming out in July and Two/Three should hopefully come out before the end of the year.... Most of the production is done but he's been getting MCs (some really interesting names) to lay down vocals. The "demo" CD with samples of the beats is unbelievable.


Aaron W (Aaron W), Thursday, 20 May 2004 16:54 (seventeen years ago) link

my bad... NYC

Aaron W (Aaron W), Thursday, 20 May 2004 16:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Rich kid gets financial backing from his international investment banker father and decides to put out luke warm/medocre electronic music with dad's money.

i know a lot of rich kids who've tried to start a label and failed miserably....i think sam deserves credit for doing it right.

oftentimes, a person with good ideas and know-how doesn't have the capital to do anything with their skills--and on the flip there are lot of trust fund kids that assume all they'd need is money to help pull things off.

sam was just one of those lucky people that had both.

waxyjax (waxyjax), Thursday, 20 May 2004 17:09 (seventeen years ago) link

that ghostly show was last night not tonight! still, its archived on the bbc website but its osunds pretty fuzzy. also theres loads of two lone swordsmen bull shit at the start!?!

ambrose (ambrose), Friday, 21 May 2004 10:25 (seventeen years ago) link

i guess strictly speaking Friday 21st May 2004 [midnight - 2am, UK BST Time] has already happened...

toby (tsg20), Friday, 21 May 2004 11:34 (seventeen years ago) link

nine years pass...

Deciding to do something different than my usual musical interests, gf and I saw the Ghostly International triple bill of Beacons, Shigeto, and Heathered Pearls Saturday night while up in NYC. Eh, some nice moments from all three and Shigeto worked hard jumping back in forth from his laptop to drums (where he was speedily punding), but I wasn't wowed. They're in D.C. tomorrow at U St Music hall.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:20 (eight years ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:20 (eight years ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:22 (eight years ago) link

love shigeto, going to see this bill in a few weeks but i haven't heard the other two.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:29 (eight years ago) link

Heathered Pearls is one guy doing atmospheric/semi-classical stuff (who live, *spoiler alert*, had two women sitting on the stage in front of his electronic gear painting plastic roses and then each other's faces Kabuki style plus crocheting!). Beacon is 2 guys programming sounds with one offering New Orderish vocals. Beacon had entertaining visuals behind them as did Shigeto. Audience loved Shigeto (esp. some young women upfront). I started out liking him and then found his rhythms predictable after awhile. There's a 4th act on the D.C. bill tomorrow whose name I forget.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:25 (eight years ago) link

They had that lineup plus a few others including Adult when I was in SF and it was so-so until the last bit.

space is deep (mh), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:41 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

djh, Saturday, 15 October 2016 10:20 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Weird. Thought "Oh, a Ghostly International t-shirt would make a great present!" but couldn't find one in the UK. That said, I've thought the same about Craven Faults.

djh, Thursday, 18 November 2021 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

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