Founded by Sam Valenti IV in ’99, Ghostly International boasts a broad range of electronic sounds ready to expand your musical boundaries. Artists such as Matthew Dear and Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye) happily break down barriers while guaranteeing good times on the dance floor. Meanwhile, Tycho, Ben Benjamin and The Sight Below mixes its electronics with acoustic instruments, resulting in a musical creation made for a sunny drive or self-reflective walk through town.
Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., near the mecca of electronic music (that would be Detroit), you can practically feel techno’s history shining through on every track. Whether it’s IDM ambience or nu-electro funk, you’ll electro-fy your listening experience by checking out Ghostly International.
Check out some of their spotlight artists below and grab a free MP3 from each:
Com Truise “Polyhurt”
His music is categorized as “chillwave,” a fairly new genre of electronic music characterized by its ’80s atmospherics dipped in a slow-motion funk of synth-wave awesomeness. What separates the music of Com Truise from the rest of the chillwave pack (Washed Out, Twin Shadow) is that it’s deliriously catchy—one that’s best described by its label, “intoxicatingly psychedelic, like those classic touchstones got drunk on lava lamp juice inside a pinball machine.”
The London by way of Berlin and Melbourne art-rock duo (pronounced “Hate Rock”) create dark electronic soul music for beautiful shut-ins. If you like bands like Suicide or Slowdive, then you’ll absolutely love the atmospherics of HTRK.
San Francisco artist and producer Scott Hansen aka Tycho lays down fuzzy pastel jams on his latest record Dive. Between the gently undulating soundscapes and crisp beats, it’s hard not to space out and think of all those spring days spent idling. Fans of Boards of Canada, Ulrich Schnauss, Telefon tel aviv will fall in love with the music of Tycho.
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