Wednesday, April 6, 2011

THE SOUND & THE SPIRIT


They released their self-titled first LP this week, but NYC DJ duo Holy Ghost! has been on the scene since 2007. Here's what you need to know to get up to speed and in on the party right now.

Sometimes we get what we ask for. It's usually out of the blue and not what we'd expect, but smart folks know when not to look a gift horse in the mouth. That's my experience with Holy Ghost!.


I got their single "Hold On" as a free download of the week from iTunes in 2008, and I liked it a lot. I would find some great remixes by the NYC-based duo - both incredibly capable DJs - over the next couple of years, and kept wanting more. In January, they released another single "Do It Again", which was easily their best work to date. But I still wanted more. I guess I'm kind of greedy like that, but trust that it's all coming from a good place.


So imagine my shock when I went to iTunes last night to see the new releases of the week, and found it: the self-titled, full album. It was pretty exciting, I'm not gonna lie.

True to form, from start to finish the LP is top notch. Each track just keeps the forward momentum going - "Some Children" and "Jam for Jerry" are 2 of my favorites right now. I think one of the best things you can say about a DJ is that their music keeps you in a steady, constant state of movement. Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel double up that energy as Holy Ghost! - and it's a perfect combination.


You can stream/download previous essentials "Static on the Wire" (try the RAC Remix, too), "I Will Come Back" and the aforementioned singles over at their RCRD LBL page. But wait...there's more!


Like a game show where you win amazing music, Holy Ghost!'s label DFA Records even has a 14-track "mixtape" of an absolutely incredible DJ set, featuring HG!-remixed cuts from Phoenix, MGMT, Cut Copy and more. I listened to whole thing while writing this review, in fact. Get it here.

For my fellow Angelenos, you can check out Holy Ghost! live at the Echoplex on Monday April 18th at 9pm, with Chairlift opening. Advanced tix are only $15 general admission, and it's an 18+ show if that kind of thing applies to/interests you. Lock it down at TicketWeb - I'm there for sure!


So whether you've enjoyed them from "way back" or are just joining the party already in progress, it's a good time to be a Holy Ghost! fan. Their self-titled LP was released on Tuesday, and you can get your mitts on it at iTunes for under $8. Meet your new electronic heroes.

http://www.holyghostnyc.com
Twitter: @HolyGhostNYC

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