SF DJ/Producer Ghosts on Tape Selects Five Favorite Tracks of 2012
Some know him as a producer, others as a killer DJ. Either way there's no denying that Ghosts on Tape has long been a rising figure in the world of dance music. Outside of San Francisco he's built a reputation off the strength of his innovative releases and remixes on labels like Wireblock (the A-side of which, "Predator Mode," made it to a Soul Jazz compilation), Tigerbeat6, and Planet Mu. Locally, he's mostly known as one of the resident DJs at Icee Hot, a party that lends itself well to his particular blend of futurist bass and classic techno. Always a step ahead, we caught up with the man and asked him what tracks have caught his ear lately. Check out his response below, and be sure to head to Public Works' OddJob Loft, this Saturday, to catch him as he sets the stage for legendary Detroit techno DJ Robert Hood at Icee Hot.
Kahley Avalon Emerson
"I love the original of this track (as well as every other Arttu production I've heard). A thick slab of dark basement house that is the perfect mix of classic and modern, it's one that has been a presence in my Serato crate since I found it. Then this A Made Up Sound remix comes along and keeps all the best elements of the original, shuffles up the drums and makes the track darker and weirder than it was before. Brilliant."
2. "The NY House Trak," by NY Stomp aka Gerd
While this one may get categorized as a "throwback" tune, there is still something that feels very new about it. Dutch producer Gerd pays homage to early-mid-'90s New York house, and comes through with a jam that 30-plus-year-old ravers could get a little misty eyed and nostalgic about. It's a mystery to me why New York house doesn't get the same recognition that Detroit techno and Chicago house do. Maybe it's about time that changes.
3. "Transpiration," by I:Cube
"Man, it's difficult to put into words how much I love this tune. Striking such a balance of menacing and funky, if this track doesn't make you wanna bop, then I just feel sorry for you. There's almost a rock feel to this one, which normally I would not be a fan of, but just listen to this shit! So tough! So jacking! So good! Weapons grade material right here."
4. "Box Clever," by Huxley
"I'm a sucker for a big piano chord line, and boy does this one deliver on that front. Between that, the bubbly bassline, and the spoken word poetry, I'm sold. Deep and epic, this could could work at any time of the night. Or morning. I'll be playing this for a while."
5. "Rhythm Sektion," by Lando Kal
"I'm pretty sure that I haven't released a mix without a Lando track on it in a long time. And for good reason. The guy is a machine, just cranking out one dark, jacking anthem after another. This one's all about those bassy, metallic stabs and the ghostly vocals. This tune has it all, really. Another gem from an oddball genius."