Alien Jams would seem to be a logical home for the kind of music Design A Wave creates. The mysterious moniker has been popping up sporadically over the past few years on 7"s, cassettes and more, but going solely on this latest three-pronged effort, the energy feeding into this release is coming from somewhere not of this earth. "I" is a stuttering, minimal jazz noodle fit for Miles Davis in his most electronic Tutu-esque period, before "II" smooths things out a touch with fulsome arpeggios and swooping chords that mask a sneaky time signature, but "III" is on hand to pitch back into more exotic realms with a fractious style that uses dubby chords for an anchor while the rest of the sonic matter comes under heavy effects fire.
During 2014, Ghost Culture proved his credentials with a trio of impressive singles on Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound label. Here, the London-based producer - real name James Greenwood - fleshes out his alien, emotion-rich synth-pop sound over the course of a quietly impressive debut album. His sound - two parts Junior Boys (his vocals are reminiscent of Jeremy Greenspan), three parts classic coldwave, two parts vintage electro - is perfectly suited to the long-playing format. As a result, Ghost Culture is a set that quietly ebbs and flows, with numb downtempo weird-outs (see the delightful "How") and jaunty electro-pop moments ("Glass") nestling side by side with evocative post trip-hop ("Glaciers") and more dancefloor-centric compositions ("Lucky").