Ghibli: “Sixteen Moons”
Ghibli is the project of Edmonton-based electronic producer Thomas Michael, a longtime fan of European house music, and whose soon to be released Rare Pleasures is a sharp effort towards hunting for house’s more disco-oriented roots, in the form of a thoroughly modern record that’s built entirely from samples ripped from Youtube videos. “Sixteen Moons” elucidates Ghibli’s self-imposed modus operandi through stroboscopic slices of high-pitched vocals that eventually wind up in complex syncopation around the beat. By jettisoning the more arcane approach towards house music that’s being taken by most underground producers, Ghibli excels in forging melodies that strive to hit the listener with the unrepressed pleasure of house you’ll be more likely to hear on commercial radio than featured on blogs.
Written by Pierre Lestruhaut