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Freedom of Thought
One of our favourite producers at Beatnik, Ghost, returns to shocking heights with Freedom of Thought. Winning partnerships with the…
One of our favourite producers at Beatnik, Ghost, returns to shocking heights with Freedom of Thought. Winning partnerships with the likes of Verb T and Asaviour are resurrected once more, with his production providing a new home for their characteristic, monotone delivery.
Ghost first saved us from the depths of darkness with ‘Seldom Seen Often Heard’, and ‘Freedom of Thought’, although different and more instrumentally driven, comes as an extension of that first wicked release. His ability to challenge your emotions and arouse cold shivers of delight while taking you on a journey to nowhere and everywhere make this music to set your mind to. Everything is good here, but stand out tracks include ‘Elevate’ featuring Jehst, heavily drum lead ‘The Day After’ and the electric guitar looped ‘Way You Feel’. With a core fusion of Hip-Hop influenced extras like scratches, crackles, break beat and selective samples coupled with light percussion, Ghosts’ music is mystically uplifting and as comforting as a cup of tea.
What adds that extra flavour, a trend in all his music, is the heavy use of live instruments. Giving his production here that extra complexity and ultimately a more superior listening experience. This along with his consistency is another reason why this album deserves a coveted place next to the likes of DJ Shadow’s ground breaking Endtroducing, RJD2’s Magnificent City or DJ Krush’s Zen.
Words Ali Raymond
——–Ghost: The Day After