[News] Ghostly teams with Ann Arbor teen center The Neutral Zone

October 9, 2017

[News] Ghostly teams with Ann Arbor teen center The Neutral Zone

On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, we’re excited to take part in Ghostly Knowledge Share with local youth at The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor.

The event features talks and workshops hosted by Ghostly artists and staff, on topics like home recording, visual art, and starting your own label. The goal is to give this younger generation a first-hand opportunity to engage with creatives and help demystify the process by which one begins and flourishes in the field – both as an artist and in other occupations related to the music industry.

The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. The center was founded in 1998 as a safe place where teens could congregate after school and on weekends. They came of age around the same time as Ghostly and have been a staple of the community ever since.

We’ll be sure to report back on all the fun.

[event] spiritual america IV

September 12, 2017

[event] spiritual america IV

Spiritual America is electronic music. Ghostly’s fourth iteration of the event series unfolds across a weekend, October 20th & 21st, once again at Detroit’s El Club.

Friday: performances by Total Freedom, Kllo, Yves Tumor, and BMG (Ectomorph).

[Purchase 10/20 tickets here]
[Facebook event]

Saturday: Shigeto Release Party with performances by Shigeto (live), Zelooperz (live), MITNM (DJ), Coconut Babylon (DJ), and special guests Marcus Elliot, Silas Green & Ian Finkelstein.

[Purchase 10/21 tickets here]
[Facebook event]

See you there.

[News] Matthew Dear's "Bad Ones" Featuring Tegan and Sara

August 29, 2017

[News] Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear’s second single of the summer is a collaboration with friends Tegan and Sara. “Bad Ones” conveys the paralysis of insecurity and, as Sara puts it, “the relief in finding someone who loves the more complicated parts of you.” Dear on working together: “The process was open and free. Often times, we need to get out of our own way to let the magic happen, and this song is a bold reminder of that.”

Pitchfork adds: “Truly the intersection of both artists’ sounds… it’s a moment where the trio fulfill all their pop star aspirations.”

[Order from The Ghostly Store]
[Stream in all the spots]

shigeto announces the new monday lp

August 21, 2017

shigeto announces the new monday lp

The producer’s first full-length album in four years arrives October 6th.

Named after a weekly DJ event that Zach Saginaw (aka Shigeto) and friends do at Motor City Wine, The New Monday is the result of him diving into Detroit’s deep record culture and embracing his own contributions to the lineage.

[Pre-order The New Monday]
[Watch Detroit Part II]

today we stand with bandcamp in support of trans rights

August 4, 2017

today we stand with bandcamp in support of trans rights

Bandcamp recently announced that they’ll be donating 100% of their share of every sale on Friday, August 4th to the Transgender Law Center, “a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable.”

The cause resonates across our community, and Ghostly International will do its part to support it. Our share of revenue for the day is being donated as well.

“Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.”

Read the full statement, which goes on to highlight some of the music made by trans and gender non-conforming artists on Bandcamp, here.

[Explore the Ghostly and Spectral Sound catalog at Bandcamp]


July 19, 2017


On Saturday August 5th, before Ghostly’s third installment of Spiritual America, the label will be hosting a small independent label market on El Club’s patio. The Friends Of The Ghost Market is a way to bring together a cross-section of emerging electronic labels and artists who are making an impact locally and abroad.

In addition to the 14 labels selling records / merch items, there will be live dj sets + special appearances by Jacques Greene and Geotic selling and signing LPs before their Spiritual America sets. Ghostly is also bringing selections from the catalog (including rare early Spectral releases).

[More info here]
[Facebook event here]


July 12, 2017


The full-length debut from Melbourne cousins Kllo arrives October 20th.

Backwater finds Kllo with more room to breathe and sync their rhythms with emotions. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lams bungalow, a haven that harbors creative spontaneity and catharsis. The refined, coming-of-age collection depicts inner adjustment to outer change: being far from home, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.

[Pre-order Backwater]
[Hear single Virtue]


June 16, 2017


The third iteration of our Spiritual America event series takes place August 5th, once again at Detroit’s El Club. The evening is set to feature performances by Jacques Greene, Geotic, Scott Zacharias, along with resident DJ Shigeto. See you there.

[Purchase tickets here]

Ghostly Playlists

June 5, 2017

Ghostly Playlists

We’ve been maintaining a few regular playlists: go-to moods and destinations for quick navigation (in the vastness of streaming). Find them at Spotify or Apple Music.

At Rest: staff selects from the SMM catalog and other artists inspiring us to listen deeper.

Latest Releases: an ongoing assortment of the latest from Ghostly International and Spectral Sound.

At Work: what the team is listening to in the office, updated every two weeks.

For Seasons: A playlist that changes with the seasons. Currently: Spring.

[Podcast] GhostlyCast #70: Olin - Do It Live

May 2, 2017

[Podcast] GhostlyCast #70: Olin - Do It Live

Our latest GhostlyCast welcomes the considered ear of Chicago producer Jason Garden. A triple threat, Garden records under the name Olin (working with labels such as Argot, Detour, and Giegling’s g~~g~~~g), runs his own imprint (Boundary Monument), and serves as resident DJ and talent buyer for the acclaimed Smart Bar venue. The expansive, freeform mix (with art by Andy Gilmore) reflects his approach live—as he explains:

“Over the years I have always grappled with the idea of what a mix should be. While I do enjoy the idea of carefully stitching together something thematic that I might not be able to do live, I’ve always also been a bit turned off by the idea because it feels somehow disingenuous. I get the sense that I’m telling a white lie about what it’s like to see me DJ. Conversely, my favorite part of DJing a party is the spontaneity and joy that can come from the feedback loop I share with the crowd. It’s never perfect, but it’s human and very genuine, which I love. So, while there is no dancefloor to speak of, this mix feels as true-to-life as such a thing can be: recorded without a plan, straight through, at home on a Sunday evening.”

[Stream and download GhostlyCast #70]