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Liv­ing with Ghosts Hot­flush

Berlin-based James Shaw’s techno sketches are more hints and traces than fully re­alised land­scapes. As on pre­vi­ous re­leases, his de­but al­bum is about show­ing his skill as a sound de­signer and out­lin­ing his vi­sion of techno’s more min­i­mal, at­mo­spheric and ex­per­i­men­tal sides. Shaw’s most en­tic­ing mo­ments, like the men­ac­ing Faith and Labour or Scene Cou­ple, come when he slowly sweeps the lis­tener into his world and hooks you on an odd note or an­gu­lar twist that comes out of the sonic murk. But there are also many mo­ments when it seems as if ab­so­lutely noth­ing is hap­pen­ing and Shaw is play­ing for time with am­bi­ent, show­boat­ing win­dow­dress­ing. Liv­ing with Ghosts is su­perbly struc­tured, ar­ranged and ex­e­cuted and a rar­ity in not wish­ing to be any­thing but a techno al­bum. Yet it ap­pears to be miss­ing some vi­tal el­e­ments.

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