Ghosting (moniker of producer Andrei Eremin) has just released his debut instrumental mixtape, Reimagining Miyazaki. The mixtape is an ambitious tribute to the iconic Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki with each track on the mixtape containing audio samples that feature throughout Miyazaki films. Ghosting has mixed the cinematic textures of the films with organic samples and loose beats, resulting in a gorgeous listening experience that will transport you to another world.
Provides some background on the mixtape, Andrei Eremin mentions “The mixtape started as a lightbulb moment to sample Spirited Away, one of my all-time favourite films. I took out my keyboard on a whim, cut up the intro to the film and within 4 hours I’d finished the best track I’d ever made. It was a sign. From there the decision made itself – I had to sample every other Miyazaki film.”
Eremin was so invested in the project that he even took a trip to visit Jiufen, a Taiwanese coastal mining town which is famous for being the inspiration behind Spirited Away. The trip also provided the perfect opportunity for Eremin to take some exquisite photos, which have found their way onto the artwork for the single and mixtape covers.
The opening track of the mixtape ‘one summer「 spirited away 」’, is a beautiful introduction to the release – one that perfectly establishes the sonic signature of the record, while also thoroughly complimenting the artistic beauty and grandeur of Miyazaki. Reimagining Miyazaki is eclectic, yet strong and seamlessly combines influences of the golden era old school hip-hop tradition with more modern and glitchy production techniques. This is also evident in ‘sea of decay「 nausicaä of the valley of the wind 」’; a track that oozes with a sound that’s extremely reminiscent of J Dilla (of course), while being encased with a modern and cinematic sheen.
Andrei Eremin also happens to be a Grammy and ARIA nominated producer and has lent his expertise on projects including Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote, Thinking In Textures by Chet Faker, and All Possible Futures by Miami Horror. It’s contributions such as these, that make Eremin responsible for some of the more innovative music to come out of Melbourne in recent years.
You can listen to Reimagining Miyazaki here.