John Ghost team up with Binkbeats for new single ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’

Following Airships Are Organisms, which was one of our Album Picks of 2019, John Ghost are back with new music. The extraordinary Ghent based instrumental sextet, led by guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, are set to release a new single titled ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ on November 5th through Sdban Ultra. The track sees John Ghost team up with Dutch producer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Frank Wienk aka Binkbeats, who has remixed tracks by Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Atoms For Peace. De Geest comments:

“In the studio, Binkbeats often works with audio design. He is particularly versatile with this and has very strong personal views on the sound design of a project. Our musical styles are a nice fit as well. As a group, we also wanted to stress the productional aspects and experiment with electronic components. This collaboration with Frank worked smoothly and gave us the opportunity to approach John Ghost’s music from different angles”

John Ghost have paired  ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ with a video filmed last March at an arts centre in Ghent. Watch it now.

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 bby 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.