Holy Ghost! – or Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, to use their real names – have been a name you will have seen attached to many single remixes over the last five years, with reworkings of tracks by Cut Copy, Moby and MGMT adding to their substantial, meddling cannon. For their debut album, they’ve not strayed from the dance floor, and what we have here is one long blast of slick, icy synths, which glide along incredibly smoothly. The tracks – most of which pass the six minute mark – are surprisingly instantaneous, and with the duo choosing to drop their catchy grooves early on in the mix, they sit somewhere inbetween  the regimented electronics of Kraftwerk and groovy beats of Chromeo. It’s a solid debut, much as there’s nothing genre changing on the album, synth pop is seldom done better than this.

By Tom Goodwyn

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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