Artist → Holy Ghost!

The abridged version of the story of Holy Ghost! – the one that begins in 2007 with the release of the duo’s highly acclaimed, revelatory debut single “Hold On” – is less than half the story. A full retelling begins far earlier – nearly two decades before either the duo’s excellent 2009 track “I Will Come Back,” their critically lauded 2010 EP Static on the Wire and their 2011 self-titled full-length debut, or the remixes they’ve done for a seemingly endless list of esteemed artists – MGMT, Cut Copy, Moby, Phoenix and LCD Soundsystem among them.

In fact, the unabridged Holy Ghost! story starts when 7-year-olds Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser met in their elementary school on New York City’s Upper West Side. Even then, the pair of second graders were beginning to make music, nudged on by the “artsy” environs at Manhattan’s Trevor Day School and their open-minded parents.

“First grade, I started playing saxophone and I hated it, and I wanted to quit,” says Nick. His mother told him he could drop the saxophone, but he would have to find another instrument. He started taking drum lessons and realized he’d found what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Alex also got an early musical start. He began lessons with jazz pianist Les Horan, a family friend, at age 6, and learned to play by ear and improvise instead of memorizing scales. By age 12, he had already started to work on his own songs.

Huge fans of hip hop as they moved into their teen years, Alex and Nick, along with four other musically likeminded friends, formed Automato, a hip-hop outfit with live instrumentation and an affinity for groove-based songs. The band of high school sophomores quickly made a name for itself, gigging all around the city and playing some of its best known, now defunct, clubs. In 2000, Automato – mere high school seniors at this point – were signed by Capitol Records. They met with a series of well-known hip-hop producers, most of whom Nick says “didn’t know what the fuck to do with a live drum set.” After countless fruitless conversations, the group was introduced to James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, two young producers who were just starting a label called DFA. It was a pairing that, though they couldn’t have known it at the time, would outlast Automato.

Automato’s DFA-produced debut was released in 2004 to light fanfare: The UK’s Guardian called the release “The first essential hip hop album of the year.” But the band dissolved just a year later. Alex and Nick remained friends with Murphy and Goldsworthy, even lending their talents to DFA as studio musicians on recordings by the Juan Maclean and remixes for N.E.R.D. and UNKLE. Following a brief stint when Alex left the city to attend Upstate New York’s Bard College, and Nick toured with the Juan Maclean, the two again started making music together. They self-recorded some “ragtag” – Nick’s word – demos, including an early, bare bones version of “Hold On” which they shared with Murphy, who liked what he heard and encouraged them to keep working.

They finished the track a little over a year later. The two shared this early version with a few friends, including tastemaker Tim Sweeney, who liked it enough to play on his revered radio show, Beats in Space. Murphy heard as-of-yet unfulfilled promise in the single, and led the duo – now called Holy Ghost!, a name taken from a song of the same name by ’70s soul masters the Bar-Kays – back into the studio, where the LCD frontman produced and remixed the single. “Hold On,” released on DFA Records in 2007, gained the attention of some of the most esteemed names in dance music, including A-Trak and The Loft’s Dave Mancuso. Alex and Nick found themselves traveling the world as in-demand DJs, and by the end of 2008, they had remixed songs – by request – for Moby, MGMT and Cut Copy.

By the time 2009 wound to a close, the duo set to work on a batch of songs that would be a heftier offering than a lone single. The resulting four-song EP, Static on the Wire, which included “I Will Come Back” along with three new singles, was released on DFA in May 2010. It was only a taster of what was to come on the band’s full-length LP, which was released the very next year.

The 10-song self-titled album included a few guest appearances (Luke Jenner from the Rapture; Chris Glover from Penguin Prison; and – really – Michael McDonald) and though it certainly yielded more evidence of Holy Ghost!’s place at the top of the heap of dance music makers, this isn’t likely to be a collection of club bangers. It cemented an idea of what people have come to expect from Holy Ghost!: Riveting songs filled with analog warmth and wonderful, driving, catchy rhythms.

After a few years of relentless and successful touring with only a single album, an EP, and a couple singles to their name, Nick and Alex reconvened in the studio to start working on their newest batch of songs. The result of these sessions is the band’s upcoming sophomore release, Dynamics.

Though they were only making their second album, the experience they brought with them to the studio was a huge advantage. “There was a bit of a learning curve on the first record that slowed down the creative process,” Nick said. “We didn’t have to learn how to record an album at the same time as we were trying to make music this time around.” With the recording studio now tamed, the band felt they had more control and better instincts with writing their music. There were more musical casualties this time around as well, with more songs and musical ideas getting left on the cutting room floor as the band separated the wheat from the chaff.

During recording for Dynamics, Alex felt more comfortable with his singing abilities than the first time around, and the duo pushed themselves to record more single-track vocals, yielding a more personal, emotional response. “I tried to make more simple, personal ideas come across more effectively,” he notes. “When you’re doing up-front vocals, you can’t bullshit the lyrics, because you’re talking directly to your audience.”

The effect of these things upon the overall recording sessions for Dynamics is that the band are painting in bolder strokes, truly utilizing one of the most important aspects of music (dynamics) to open their songs up to entire new palates of color. “Dynamics is really a descriptive term we used to focus on contrast, but it’s also referring to a lot of Alex’s lyrics this time around, which deal with the dynamics of relationships,” reflects Nick. “It’s a good single-word descriptor of what we were trying to do with these songs, something we kept coming back to when writing and recording.”

At the end of the day, Holy Ghost! are making great dance music that is beyond passing trends, that gets to the very heart of why we love music, that touches our most simple, direct, inborn reactions to sound. “I’m trying to make music that makes me as unabashedly giddy as music made me when I was a kid,” says Nick. “I think that’s a big part of why we’re so obsessed with sounds. Because I think more abstract things, like sound, take [you] places. It’s a guttural, sort of ambiguous familiarity to things you grew up with that I think, when you get older, you come back to. And you’re like, “Oh – this really is the best.”

Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes (Digital)

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This one is a perfect example of the consistently fantastic work from a/jus/ted - the pairing of DJ & Producer Justin Strauss (also 1/2 of Whatever/Whatever - and a renowned remixer and DJ of the 80's, 90's, and today) and Teddy Stuart (aka Eddie Mars of UNO NYC).

The remixers take on 2 consecutive singles from Dynamics - both “Okay” and “Bridge & Tunnel” get stripped, tweaked and reworked into 4/4 floor fillers, songs rebuilt from the ground up. Their previous remix of the Blood Orange single “Uncle Ace” has proved that this duo are on an official winning streak, and this 12” is another fantastic document of what they are capable of. a/jus/ted have had steady releses of original material on Plant Music, Southern Fried and Under the Shade, and now back to back break through remixes.

The duo had the following words to say about Holy Ghost!:

"Holy Ghost! has been an integral part of the New York music scene for so long now it seems - it was a pleasure to remix them. We both share an affinity for old analog gear - it seemed like a very natural collaboration.

With “Okay” the idea was to build up to a re-imagined vocal and base a track around it. For “Bridge & Tunnel” we thought a more stripped down and chunky club jam would be a nice compliment to the original.” 
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Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas (Digital)

$1.99

Your favorite summer jam and the first taste of the new Holy Ghost! LP, Dynamics. Includes an instant download in both .wav and mp3 format. Enjoy!

Tracklisting:

  1. Dumb Disco Ideas (vocal)
  2. Dumb Disco Ideas (Instrumental)
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Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes)
Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes)

Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes)

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Holy Ghost! return for a brief hello while they complete their debut album and prep a new single for DFA. Kindred spirits and label-mates Mock & Toof hold up their end of the remix trade with not one but two remixes, both quite different interpretations--a playful stab at minimal techno and a psychedelic disco funk.  

"'Hold On' [is] a hybrid of trad '70s American disco and more synth-heavy Italo shapes.... Quite delightful." --Boomkat

Tracklisting:

  1. Hold On (Mock & Toof Remix)
  2. Hold On (Mock's Mod Mix)
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Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes (Digital)

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Holy Ghost! return with 2 epic remixes, both sourced from the disco epicenter of Norway and taken from their acclaimed sophomore LP “Dynamics”.

This single contains another crystal clear remix (aka “Diskomiks”) from accomplished Prins Thomas. He doesn't need much introduction to you all, he's basically remixed everyone who's anyone. This time, he added his signature gloss to "Bridge & Tunnel", stretching it into a 7 minute celebration. 

On the flip is a remix from the next generation of Norwegian producers, Andre Bratten, who is signed to Prins Thomas’ label. He chose standout album track “Changing of the Guard” for his remix and from the sound of it he is already well on his way of following in his forefathers' footsteps. Check out this next generation Norwegian producer as he shows off his skills.

This is a very solid and exciting new release from Holy Ghost!, continuing an exciting past year which saw them play on both Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and an epic appearance at Coachella.

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Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)

$7.99

Tracklisting:

  1. Do It Again
  2. Wait & See
  3. Hold My Breath
  4. Say My Name
  5. Jam For Jerry
  6. Hold On
  7. It's Not Over
  8. Slow Motion
  9. Static on the Wire
  10. Some Children
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Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)

$6.99

Holy Ghost! are excited to unveil Dynamics, the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut album. Recorded and mixed at DFA Studios with the help of Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen, Friendly Fires), it is front-to-back one of the finest dance pop records of 2013.

The duo’s last full-length was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times and garnered three Best New Music awards on Pitchfork—who premiered the debut Dynamics single and video, “Dumb Disco Ideas,” in May. Holy Ghost! have been mainstays at the spring and summer festival circuit throughout 2013, and the band are preparing to hit the road soon for a run of dates with the legendary New Order.

Tracklisting:

  1. Okay
  2. Dumb Disco Ideas
  3. Changing Of The Guard
  4. Dance A Little Closer
  5. It Must Be The Weather
  6. 1 For Edgar
  7. I Wanna Be Your Hand
  8. Bridge & Tunnel
  9. Don't Look Down
  10. In The Red
  11. Cheap Shots

 

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Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes
Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes

Holy Ghost! - Prins Thomas & Andre Bratten Remixes

$11.99

Holy Ghost! return with 2 epic remixes, both sourced from the disco epicenter of Norway and taken from their acclaimed sophomore LP “Dynamics”.

This single contains another crystal clear remix (aka “Diskomiks”) from accomplished Prins Thomas. He doesn't need much introduction to you all, he's basically remixed everyone who's anyone. This time, he added his signature gloss to "Bridge & Tunnel", stretching it into a 7 minute celebration. 

On the flip is a remix from the next generation of Norwegian producers, Andre Bratten, who is signed to Prins Thomas’ label. He chose standout album track “Changing of the Guard” for his remix and from the sound of it he is already well on his way of following in his forefathers' footsteps. Check out this next generation Norwegian producer as he shows off his skills.

This is a very solid and exciting new release from Holy Ghost!, continuing an exciting past year which saw them play on both Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and an epic appearance at Coachella.

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Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes
Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes

Holy Ghost! - a/jus/ted Remixes

$11.99

Holy Ghost! release the first of two remix 12"s of singles culled from last year's acclaimed "Dynamics" LP.  This one is a perfect example of the consistently fantastic work from a/jus/ted - the pairing of DJ & Producer Justin Strauss (also 1/2 of Whatever/Whatever - and a renowned remixer and DJ of the 80's, 90's, and today) and Teddy Stuart (aka Eddie Mars of UNO NYC).

The remixers take on 2 consecutive singles from Dynamics - both “Okay” and “Bridge & Tunnel” get stripped, tweaked and reworked into 4/4 floor fillers, songs rebuilt from the ground up. Their previous remix of the Blood Orange single “Uncle Ace” has proved that this duo are on an official winning streak, and this 12” is another fantastic document of what they are capable of. a/jus/ted have had steady releses of original material on Plant Music, Southern Fried and Under the Shade, and now back to back break through remixes.

The duo had the following words to say about Holy Ghost!:

"Holy Ghost! has been an integral part of the New York music scene for so long now it seems - it was a pleasure to remix them. We both share an affinity for old analog gear - it seemed like a very natural collaboration.

With “Okay” the idea was to build up to a re-imagined vocal and base a track around it. For “Bridge & Tunnel” we thought a more stripped down and chunky club jam would be a nice compliment to the original.” 
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Holy Ghost! - Bridge & Tunnel (Remixes) (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Bridge & Tunnel (Remixes) (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Bridge & Tunnel (Remixes) (Digital)

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Holy Ghost! are back in 2014 and will release a slam-dunk disco doozy of a new single. Entitled “Bridge & Tunnel”, it is taken from their acclaimed sophomore LP “Dynamics”.

The song features short & sharp string arrangements, handled by Kelley Polar, a great musician and songwriter who has released his own share of stellar disco-pop on Brooklyn’s legendary Environ Records (Morgan Geist).

The band had the following to say about "Bridge & Tunnel":

"Given all the recent talk about NYC being dead, gentrified beyond resuscitation, it feels like a good time to do the opposite: Celebrate New York with a song and some hometown shows.

Shout out to Kelly Polar for the strings, Pat Mahoney for the borrowed vocoder, and Chris Glover and Nancy Whang for their angelic BGV's. ( And they say there's no artist community left in NYC!)

From Brooklyn with Love, 
Holy Ghost!
X"

Tracklisting:
  1. Bridge & Tunnel
  2. Bridge & Tunnel (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
  3. Bridge & Tunnel (Prins Thomas Diskodub)
  4. Bridge & Tunnel (Midnight Magic Remix)
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Holy Ghost! - Okay (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Okay (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Okay (Digital)

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""Okay," a track off synthpop duo Holy Ghost!'s upcoming album Dynamics, blends earnest lyrics with suave electro-pop. It opens with woozy synth right before the reflective words kick in: "Surely you're joking calling me this late / Sure, I haven't spoken / Especially as of late / Oh, but the 10 missed calls don't have the ring of last fall," the lyrics go. 

"'Okay' is about being in a situation – in this case a relationship – that feels like a B-movie: You know you should turn it off but you just . . .can't," says member Alex Frankel. 

The tension builds throughout the track – the kind that has you knowing you should let go, but somehow has you securing your grip – as the song builds with self-awareness and bouncy hooks. It's a push-pull situation with a good beat."

-Eric Coulehan, Rolling Stone

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Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas
Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas

Holy Ghost! - Dumb Disco Ideas

$4.99 $9.99

Your favorite summer jam and the first taste of the new Holy Ghost! LP, Dynamics. Includes an instant download in both .wav and mp3 format. Enjoy!

Tracklisting:

  1. Dumb Disco Ideas (vocal)
  2. Dumb Disco Ideas (Instrumental)
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Holy Ghost! - Dynamics
Holy Ghost! - Dynamics

Holy Ghost! - Dynamics

$17.99

The second album from Holy Ghost!. Deluxe vinyl packaging with spot gloss, fluorescent ink, printed inner sleeves.

Holy Ghost! are excited to unveil Dynamics, the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut album. Recorded and mixed at DFA Studios with the help of Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen, Friendly Fires), it is front-to-back one of the finest dance pop records of 2013.

The duo’s last full-length was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times and garnered three Best New Music awards on Pitchfork—who premiered the debut Dynamics single and video, “Dumb Disco Ideas,” in May. Holy Ghost! have been mainstays at the spring and summer festival circuit throughout 2013, and the band are preparing to hit the road soon for a run of dates with the legendary New Order.

Tracklisting:

  1. Okay
  2. Dumb Disco Ideas
  3. Changing Of The Guard
  4. Dance A Little Closer
  5. It Must Be The Weather
  6. 1 For Edgar
  7. I Wanna Be Your Hand
  8. Bridge & Tunnel
  9. Don't Look Down
  10. In The Red
  11. Cheap Shots

 

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Holy Ghost! - Teenagers In Heat (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Teenagers In Heat (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Teenagers In Heat (Digital)

$1.49

Holy Ghost! have a new album coming out and this is a track from the sessions that didn't make it to the record. It was co-produced by James "LCD Soundsystem" Murphy. You get the original and an instrumental. You can listen below. That's all.

Tracklisting:

  1. Teenagers in Heat
  2. Teenagers in Heat (Instrumental)
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Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

$19.99 $27.99

The third (!!!) pressing of the debut HG! Album. Double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Now at a bargain price! Includes a instant digital download of the album and comes with a download card that includes a selection of remixes of album tracks, plus a few never available digitally.

Tracklisting:

  1. Do It Again
  2. Wait & See
  3. Hold My Breath
  4. Say My Name
  5. Jam For Jerry
  6. Hold On
  7. It's Not Over
  8. Slow Motion
  9. Static on the Wire
  10. Some Children
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Holy Ghost! - It's Not Over (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - It's Not Over (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - It's Not Over (Digital)

$1.99

Finally in stock is the Dimitri from Paris remix of Holy Ghost!'s It's Not Over. I think Jonathan already made all of the "Shep Pettiboner" jokes, so we'll steer away from that. But man, this track is a killer. The version in our webstore has an exclusive stamp on the b-side to thank you for waiting.

Tracklisting:

  1. It's Not Over
  2. It's Not Over (Dimitri From Paris EroDiscoMix)
  3. It's Not Over (Dimitri From Paris EroDiscoMix Radio Edit)
  4. It's Not Over (Dimitri From Paris EroDiscoMix Instrumental)
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Holy Ghost! - Wait & See (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Wait & See (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Wait & See (Digital)

$2.99

Features remixes by Richard X, CFCF, and Kris Menace. Comes with an instant digital copy that also features remixes by Moby and Flight Facilities! So there.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Wait & See
  2. Wait & See (Moby Remix)
  3. Wait & See (Flight Facilities Remix)
  4. Wait & See (CFCF Remix)
  5. Wait & See (Richard X Remix)
  6. Wait & See (Kris Menace's Vocal Re-Interpretation)
  7. Wait & See (Kris Menace Remix)
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Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes) (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes) (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Remixes) (Digital)

$1.49

Holy Ghost! return for a brief hello while they complete their debut album and prep a new single for DFA. Kindred spirits and label-mates Mock & Toof hold up their end of the remix trade with not one but two remixes, both quite different interpretations--a playful stab at minimal techno and a psychedelic disco funk.  

"'Hold On' [is] a hybrid of trad '70s American disco and more synth-heavy Italo shapes.... Quite delightful." --Boomkat

Tracklisting:

  1. Hold On (Mock & Toof Remix)
  2. Hold On (Mock's Mod Mix)
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Holy Ghost! - Hold My Breath (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Hold My Breath (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Hold My Breath (Digital)

$2.99

The third single from the first Holy Ghost! LP, featuring remixes by Tiger & Woods, Cosmic Kids, and Falty DL. Includes an instant digital download. 

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Hold My Breath
  2. Hold My Breath (Tiger & Woods Remix)
  3. Hold My Breath (Cosmic Kids Remix)
  4. Hold My Breath (FaltyDL Remix)
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