Chrome Position by Phono Ghosts was available on Tape but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
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- Chrome Position by Phono Ghosts
Tapes are the thing now, ya hear me? We have tonnes of the blighters in this week but this should surely rank as one of the most interesting and one of the best.
Housed in cardboard sleeve with stamped front and Skam braille sticker, the album has been put together by the mysterious Phono Ghosts who spent hours trawling through charity shops to find cassette bargains in order to use tiny fragments to create this new music. The music that begins to play when you press play is superb.
Lordy, opener ‘When We were 15’ is a gorgeous, haunting slow jam with heavy, heavy nods to prime era Boards of Canada. An absolutely glorious, shimmering feast. Scanning through reveals mid 80s type funk workouts chopped into a million pieces, bouncy slices of sampled Alexander O’Neal, brilliantly executed bleep-tronica, 80s stadium-tronic, jittery electro-soul. It's all there.
Imagine your bargain bin 80s faves being cut into something new and wholesome and here you are. It's short - hey, it's just a C30 but all good with a couple of stand outs.
9/10 Andrew B 3rd January 2014
Some will lazily try to compare Phono Ghosts' first cassette outing on Skam to the earlier sound of Boards of Canada. I think that's really unfair to the artist! There's much more an element of fun to these tracks, which makes this EP such a joy to listen to. Having been lucky enough to hear a few of these tracks live, they're still just as danceable in my room as they are on the dancefloor of the pubs in Liverpool and Phono Ghosts' hometown of Blackpool. The intro to Magnetic Mantra is just absolutely killer. This cassette is so easily a contender for best EP of the year for me, it's not even funny.
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