Mixtape #110

There is no better way to start the year than with a very special selection of tracks picked by John Ghost, the Ghent based instrumental sextet led incredibly talented guitarist and composer Jo De Geest. They won us over with Airships Are Organisms, their second album which was one of our Album Picks of 2019. Drawing from a wealth of genres spanning from jazz and contemporary classical music to rock and electronica, they are an exhilarating and adventurous band you ought to know. So we're ecstatic to unveil the stunning mixtape Jo sent us, journeying through myriad genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Bill Evans, Squarepusher, Annie Pleasure and much more. Enjoy!

  1. Big Thief – From [4AD]
  2. DIIV – Between Tides [Captured Tracks]
  3. Bill Evans – Symbiosis: 1st Movement, Moderato. Various Tempi, Pt. 2 [MPS]
  4. H A S T – Mortal Kombat Champion Of The World [Solidude Records]
  5. James Holden & The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits [Border Community]
  6. Biosphere – Warmed By the Drift [Touch]
  7. Ruben Machtelinckx, Hilmar Jensson, Joachim Badenhorst, Nathan Wouters – Peterson [El Negocito Records]
  8. Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehaman – Foster Brothers [Clean Feed Records]
  9. Squarepusher – Tetra-Sync [Warp]
  10. Annie Pleasure – Nadia [Royale Records]
  11. Arvo Pärt, Paul Hillier, dan Kennedy, Theatre Of Voices, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent – De Profundis (Psalm 129)[Harmonia Mundi]

John Ghost set to release second album Airships Are Organisms this Autumn

Ghent based instrumental sextet John Ghost were formed nearly a decade ago by guitarist and composer Jo De Geest but they were nowhere on our radar until now. Clearly we were missing out! With a studio album and various accolades in their home country under their belt, the outfit draws influences from various genres like jazz, contemporary classical music, rock and electronica. This Autumn John Ghost will release their second full-length album. Entitled Airships Are Organisms, the record arrives on September 27th through Sdban Records and saw the band enlist Jørgen Træen (Jaga Jazzist, Kaizers Orchestra, Hubro, Sondre Lerche) for production duties. “Seemingly simple earwigs are underpinned by driving undertones”, describes the press release, “that inspire harmonic twists and a rhythmic and melodic stratification, that often results in a very danceable soundtrack.

It may seem like a long wait until the album is out but the band already shared the stunning and exhilarating single ‘Time//Traveler’. Take a listen now.