Solar Dream Reel by Phono Ghosts

Apparently Phono Ghosts aka Neil Scrivin aka Meatbingo (Skam) crafts his music by trawling charity shop cassettes for hidden goodness, or even hidden badness: it’s all going to be cut and spliced, chopped and screwed anyway. The double vinyl release Solar Dream Reel has a strange and groovy vibe: as the project name suggests, you can feel the spirits of the old music pushing through from the other side of the mix. On Fonolith.

Vinyl Double LP £14.75 FON102LP

Gatefold 2LP on Fonolith. Edition of 300 copies.

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Limited Tape £7.99

Limited dual-colour (yellow/black) cassette on Fonolith. Edition of 100 copies.

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Solar Dream Reel by Phono Ghosts
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8/10 Laurie 01 September 2016

With a name like ‘Solar Dream Reel’ and that enigmatic '80s new age cover, my guess is that this sounds like Boards of Canada covering a vaporwave EP. Phono Ghosts is a relatively new project from Skam-signed Meatbingo aka Neil Scrivin, in which he wanders around the charity shops finding crap pop cassettes, taking them home for bargain prices and slicing them up to make new things that are like the old things but more disorientating.

OK I was right about the BoC/vaporwave thing for the first track only. Totally dreamy and nostalgic, which is then completely abandoned in favour of some extremely upbeat chopped electro in which you can hear forceful throat movements from the stars of the '80s and '90s presented to you at a fidgety high speed with all the funk in the world. Imagine if one of the folks on the Central Processing Unit label took to remixing all of Top of the Pops from the late 20th century and you’d be close to this. Is this what they call hauntology? The inescapable past coming back in different forms time and time again? Well if not, it should be. I’ve already heard the Spice Girls enough times.

For those who chase sunsets and times long gone, or just hazy but upbeat dreamy tapes, this little one goes out to you. I’m just not this much of a fan of electro.



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