Norwegian Cosmic Disco master Prins Thomas has given his legendary Diskomiks treatment to the new single from New York DiscoPop duo Holy Ghost!’s new single, Bridge & Tunnel. The track is taken from their storming album Dynamics and sees Tomas deliver two reMixes, a Diskomiks and a Diskodub, alongside work from Midnight Magic.
Clocking in at seven minutes, Prins’ take on on Holy Ghosts! ode to their hometown lays the Scandinavian Disco vibes thick. Layered with a playful bassline and washes of space-age synths, the track also nods to it;s subject matter with broad vintage Disco strings and horns. There’s a nice retro crescendo around the four minute mark, before the track dives into a typically Thomas synth freak out.
♫ Holy Ghost! – Bridge & Tunnel (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
In all honesty we just weren’t that keen on RAC’s, MNDR and Kele featuring, Let Go, in fact much of their output ever since they transformed from reMixers extraordinaire to major label Indie-Pop outfit has fallen a bit flat in our opinion, it;s not bad, it’s just not particularly inspired. Being big fans of MNDR, we really wanted to love Let Go, we just weren’t feeling it. However, we very much are feeling this reMix of the tune from New Your Indie-ElectroPop heroes Holy Ghost!, so there’s always that. I wonder if RAC know that the RAC is actually a thing in the UK, like the AA.
So, Holy Ghost! do what Holy Ghost! do best, injecting the track with a ton of their raw synth Disco. Twisting analog lead lines and thick, bouncing bass permeate every second of the track. MNDR’s vocals in particular fit beautifully with Holy Ghosts! NYC groove, moreso than in the original, we’d absolutely love to hear more of a Holy Ghost!/MNDR collaboration. The result here is a smooth and breezy, but definitely urban, slice of synthesizer funk, heave and robust, that’s as playful as it is pumping.
♫ RAC (Feat. Kele & MNDR) – Let Go (Holy Ghost! reMix)
As the release of the eagerly awaited Donna Summer reMix collection, Love To Love You Donna, draws ever nearer, new track are beginning to break ground. Here we are very excited to grab a listen to one of our favourite bands, New York DiscoPop duo Holy Ghost! (who are gearing up for the release of their phenomenal second album, Dynamics) tackling Donna’s 1977 album track, Working The Midnight Shift.
The original pairs Donna’s heartfelt vocals with the classic Moroder Sci-Fi Italo, Holy Ghost! build on this, but add a little of their own Disco swing. Upping the energy levels slightly, this reMix bring big stabbing leads to the table whilst nodding to the originals arpeggiated bassline. Equal parts New York Disco, European Italo with a hint of DFA, Holy Ghost! and Donna Summer seem like the prefect combination to bring an original NYC Disco sound to 2013. Seriously, between this and the Chrome & Oliver reMix, we are very excited for this album to drop.
♫ Donna Summer – Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost! reMix)
Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Donna is released 22nd October via Verve.
One of the greatest duo’s ever to come out of New York, ElectroPoppers Holy Ghost! have dropped another taste of what to expect from the forthcoming sophomore album Dynamics. We’ve already given you listen to two new tracks, Dumb Disco Ideas and Teenagers In Heat, which must have sufficiently whet your appetites for this long awaited record and this new tune, Okay, just makes us even more excited.
Okay is the albums opener and delivers a catchy entry point to the new album. Smooth and friendly, Okay revels in Holy Ghost!’s eclectic influences but remains a Pop song at it’s core. Sure, there are a couple of abrasive synth hooks, and a post-Industrial percussive pounding, but Holy Ghost! make it sound sweet with introverted vocals and a breezy, carefree mood. This is how you do interesting SynthPop.
♫ Holy Ghost – Okay!
Holy Ghost!’s new Dynamics album is released 10th September on DFA
Frankly, the best Indie-DiscoPop band on the planet is New York’s Holy Ghost!. We say ‘Indie-DiscoPop’ as the duo perfectly balances the New York, DFA, Disco sound and an Indie tinged ElectroPop style to create something that is, at the same time, raw, funky and Poppy. We can’t think of anyone else doing the same, so well, right now. Hot on the heels of May eight minute epic, Dumb Disco Ideas, comes Teenagers In Heat.
Clocking in at a more Pop friendly 3m57s, Teenagers In Heat is a joyous and campy dramatic, analog ElectroPop beast that was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. A raucous and energetic symphony of buzzing synths, shuffling beats and a deliciously 80s post-punk vocal that has us itching to hear the duo’s second album, Dynamics, due out in September.
We were teased it the other day, but now here it is in full. It’s the long awaited new single from New York Indie-Disco Holy Ghost!! That deserved two exclamation marks, one for Holy Ghost!’s name and one…well…just to exclaim.
It Gets Dark is the first taste we have of the duo’s forthcoming second album. After the greatness that was Holy Ghost!’s début record, 2011’s self titled album, we were pretty nervous about new material, all out fears have been cast aside though, as It Get Dark doesn’t disappoint. Raw synths, a slick Indie vibe with a slightly Housey chorus and that live New York disco sound that DFA are so known for. This is what we wanted from Holy Ghost!, full of vintage synth burbling and an anthemic chorus. The new album can;t come fast enough.
♫ Holy Ghost! – It Gets Dark
Holy Ghost!’s It Gets Dark is released today on DFA.