23 year old Robert Verrecchia, aka Ghost Hunter, may be a new name to most, but it’s one you are going to hear a lot more from in the coming months. After turning out a number of blog happy remixes for the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and These New Puritans, it’s time for his debut release on niche label House of Anxiety.
However, if you think that Ghost Hunter is another Hype Machine-chancer with a copy of Ableton and a bunch of second hand ideas, think again. His debut release is inspired by a box of faded photographs he found of his dad on holiday in the Caribbean in the 1970’s and in this post-dubstep, future genre world, his aesthetic chimes as neatly with chill wavers as it does with fans of Actress and James Blake.
A vintage synth obsessive, the fact that both Jimmy Edgar and Gatekeeper (of Kompakt sub-label Fright) are amongst those remixing ‘Island Barbados’ tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Verrecchia’s music making credentials.
Dreamy and jumpy, cool and warm in equal measure ‘Evening Drive ‘ – the flipside to the debut single – goes someway to demonstrating the considerable breadth of this young producer from Sheffield. Conjuring vague feelings of loss and wistfulness out of brittle strips of electricity every bit and byte is fused with longing. A definite one to watch.
You can grab the Jimmy Edgar mix – for free – here