Review: Jeff Mcllwain's output as Lusine has been almost entirely reserved for Ghostly International label over the last ten years, and it's always guaranteed to be an aural pleasure when a new EP turns up from the shadows. This latest release contains an original cut of "Arterial", a beautifully arranged piece of electronica, and three reinterpretations - Telefon Tel Aviv, Moors and The Sight Below all adding their personalised styles and influences to an already sublime tune but yet one that has the sparseness and momentum to be transformed into something entirely different.
Review: Having launched his career by releasing a trio of albums on the same day back in 2011, Lord Raja (originally just Raja) has been somewhat quiet in recent years. In fact, his only release of note has been a 2013 EP on Ghostly International. Here he returns to Sam Velenti's imprint with a fresh full-length. Constant Moth is a typically otherworldly and out-there concoction, with maudlin textures, ambient sounds and discordant electronics riding IDM-inspired rhythms, bass-heavy glitch-hop breaks and all manner of techno-tinged beat patterns. It's mostly a highly enjoyable listen, with enough ideas and imaginative twists and turns to stand up to repeat plays. Even so, it might take you a while to really get a handle on it.
Review: With a staggering number of LPs already to his name, Christopher Willits is back once more with some tender, winsome electronica reflections for regular haunt Ghostly International. There's a concurrent theme of slowly drifting harmonious pads that binds Opening together, as heart-rending billows of drone float from one track to another, ebbing and flowing around light scatterings of rhythm and texture. There are some moments where a more distinct beat comes through, such as on rousing shoe-gaze ponderer "Now", but by and large this is an album of blissful beatless abandon. If that sounds like the kind of music you could lose yourself to, then there's no doubt that Christopher Willits should be an imminent port of call.
Review: Having worked together since 2006 as a duo with a healthy interest in new wave and synth pop, Xeno And Oaklander make the leap from a regular run of releases on Wierd Records to the wider pastures of Ghostly International where their mildly gothic tones sit comfortably. The sound across all nine tracks hangs together with a distinctly Human League flavour, from the boy-girl interplay of the vocals to the cascading arpeggios, but it's the gutsy pop nous that hits home first and foremost. Whether it's the more brooding fare of previous single "Par Avion" or the uptempo throb of "Lastly", these are songs to unashamedly sing along to.
Review: Following 2012's stellar album In Decay, vintage analogue explorer Com Truise returns to Ghostly with the Wave 1 EP, which sees the US-based producer experiment with a range of tempos to great effect, with New Order and Prince cited as influences. This is most obvious on the Joel Ford-featuring "Declination", which combines '80s electrofunk production with silky vocal delivery, and tracks like "Mind" and "Vallis Called (Control)" where the frenetic rhythms of footwork seem to be an influence. Despite this, the producer's vintage tendencies still loom large - especially on the sublime opener "Wasat", a melancholic slice of emotive techno.
Review: Bavaria's infamous Recondite lands on the ever-impressive Ghostly International with a jarring, ice-cold sampler EP ahead of his forthcoming "Hinterland" LP. The mood is tense and the sounds are sunken; much like the rest of his work, it's a pure, direct and minimalist take on the warehouse scene. Two versions of "Stems" lie within, both of them sure winners on the floor. Cop 'em.