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Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Ghosts On Tape, Lincolnup, Recess on November 21, 2012 by lincolnup





With Bubblin Residents



Ghosts on Tape likes raving. Mind you, not the glowstick-powered, trance-laden nonsense that masquerades as raving these days. The San Francisco resident wants the real thing: dark warehouses, big soundsystems, sweaty walls and even sweatier bodies, and the pulsing sounds of gritty house and techno.

It’s those kinds of sounds that Ghosts on Tape (a.k.a. Ryan Merry) assembles on his dual Yamaha SU700 samplers. Although the ’90s-era machines are undeniably antiquated—new sounds literally have be loaded on the fly via floppy disk—he’s thoroughly mastered these vintage weapons, crafting raw and trippy tunes that combine the ominous underbelly of classic house and techno with upfront, bass-heavy futurism. Those sonic principles also drive ICEE HOT, the influential monthly party (and newly formed record label) in San Francisco which Ghosts on Tape co-founded and where he continues to serve as a resident DJ.

A native of St. Louis, Ghosts on Tape relocated to San Francisco in 2003 and began garnering attention for his blistering DJ and live sets and the warped, slow-motion house and bass sounds he was creating. His 2009 Predator Mode EP on Wireblock exploded Ghosts on Tape’s profile even further, as did an exclusive mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ BBC Radio 1 show, as well as compilation appearances and remixes for labels such as Planet Mu, Tigerbeat6, Frite Nite, Shockout, True Panther, Friends Of Friends, and Opit, among others. In 2011, he was selected to be a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. His sound has evolved over the years, gradually pushing up the tempo back towards his Midwestern house and techno roots, but one thing hasn’t changed: Ghosts on Tape likes raving.

Recess has been in a long term love affair with Seattle’s underground music scene for the past couple of decades. In the late 80′s he found his second home at the long defunct Club Underground in Seattle’s University District (along with DJ Dominator aka Donald Glaude, DJ Dan and many others). During the 90s he bounced between raves, rock shows and jazz clubs appreciating the passion and community behind the scenes. Using these early experiences as a platform, he started collecting records and honing his skills at various clubs around the Northwest; quickly establishing himself as a formidable performer.

In 2003 he founded Shameless Productions (responsible for numerous legendary underground club nights, parties and shenanigans). Along with a changing cast of players, over the years, Shameless established itself as a trust worthy brand by throwing some of the most memorable events for Seattle’s undergound dance music community. From day one, each Shameless party was a special one regardless of the wide ranges of genres and bookings represented. With an eye towards the cutting edge, but deep respect for electronic music’s rich history, Shameless has kept it’s finger on the pulse of Seattle’s underground for close to ten years. (Check out the video clip of the 2010 Shameless Anniversary Party for a taste… ).

In 2006 Recess was nominated as one of Seattle Weekly’s best local DJs. His DJ sets often reflect Shameless’ aesthetic by focusing on forward thinking music while cherishing the gems of the past. He’ll span the various sub genres of house/disco music, and may weave through techno, bass and funky depending upon the party. He’s also been known to throw down a rump shaking ghettotech/booty house set at times. As an example of his range, over the years he has rocked parties with Green Velvet, Egyptian Lover, Modeselektor, Claude Von Stroke, DJ Assault, Boys Noize, MSTRKRFT, Damian Lazarus, Smash TV, Drop the Lime, John Tejada and countless others across numerous electronic music genres. His range, passion and deep understanding of the dancefloor has made him a longtime favorite underground club DJ in Seattle and the greater Northwest. Whether it’s an afterhours loft space, major club, mountaintop, or random BASSment; Recess has consistently brought the sounds and energy to fit any dance party.

Saanko Jäädä Yöksi (Ghosts On Tape remix)- Regina

Posted in Free Download, Ghosts On Tape, Regina, remix on June 28, 2010 by lincolnup

Ghosts On Tape breaks off a hot hunk of dark tropical funk for his remix of Finnish indie electropop group Regina‘s “Saanko Jäädä Yöksi”. Grab it off his Soundcloud while you can, 100 d/l limit!

Here’s the original track and video, which definitely brings a smile to my face:

Ghosts on Tape – Bubblin Vol 3 Mix

Posted in Bubblin, Free Download, Ghosts On Tape, mix on June 23, 2010 by bentactic

Ghosts on Tape smashed it at Bubblin last weekend.  If you weren’t able to make it and get a hard copy of Bubblin Vol 3, here are a couple links to the mix.  Its a great mix and he covers a lot of ground, even squeezing in Green Velvet’s classic ‘Answering Machine’.

Grab it HERE

Or through the soundcloud link below

Ghosts on Tape – Bubblin Vol 3 Mix by bubblin

1. Jumping Back Slash – Ibithi 8 – forthcoming Pollinate
2. Mental Cube – So This Is Love – Jumpin & Pumpin
3. NguzuNguzu – Mirage – White
4. Ghosts on Tape – Midnight Moves (Cardopusher Remix) – White
5. Populette – Mommy (TBD Remix) – Throne of Blood
6. Marlon D Presents – Jesus Creates Sound – Strictly Rhythm
7. Green Velvet – Answering Machine – Cajual
8. Paul du Lac – Blowback – Jack for Daze
9. Cardopusher – Coppertoned Punch (Ghosts on Tape Remix) – forthcoming Tigerbeat6
10. Altered Natives – Restless Groove – Eye4Eye
11. Karizma – Groove Da Dub (Karizma Dub) – R2
12. Contact & Mayster (Korak) – White
13. Lil Silva – Against Yaself – Night Slugs
14. Martin Kemp – Wot U Got – forthcoming Blunted Robots
15. Joey Beltram – Ball Park (DJ Rush Remix) – Tresor
16. Andrea – You Got Me – Daphne
17. Dark Sky – Something To Lose – Black Acre
18. Marcus Visionary – Georgetown – Liondub International
19. Ardisson – 5 Minutes To Get Straight – 030303

Bubblin June : Ghosts on Tape (Numbers, Icee Hot SF)

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Ghosts On Tape, Lincolnup, mix on May 19, 2010 by lincolnup

For our 3rd Edition of Bubblin we are proud to present tropical bass badman:

Ghosts On Tape (Numbers – San Francisco)

San Francisco’s Ryan Merry aka Ghosts on Tape is one of the hottest names in globally influenced dance music. His blend of tropical booty bass has heavyweights like Modeselektor, Sinden, Mary Anne Hobbs and Roska all rinsing his tracks and remixes. His debut Predator Mode EP on the critically acclaimed Wireblock label exploded internationally and was named one of the top singles of 2009 by tastemaking UK record store Boomkat. For 2010, Ghosts on Tape has releases slated for a slew of top notch labels including Numbers, Tigerbeat6 and Shockout. In addition to generally killing it on the production tip he is a resident DJ at Icee Hot, one of the most talked about new parties on the west coast that was just named Best New Club Night by the SF Weekly. His self described blend of electro/dancehall/crunk/grime/miami bass/garage will light that ass on fire.

We are very excited to be releasing Bubblin Vol. 3 Mix CD by Ghosts on Tape at Bubblin June 18. Free CD’s to the 1st 30 persons paying cover.

Here’s Ghosts On Tapes’ Icee Hot Mix from January 2010 : Download


1. Spoonface – My Soun’ (Faada)
2. Baobinga & ID – Tongue Riddim (Build)
3. Boris Dlugosch – Bangkok [Roska Remix] (Phantasy Sound)
4. Marcus Price & Carli – Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed [Dubbel Dutch Remix] (unreleased)
5. Lighter – Skanker (???)
6. Zinc – Killa Sound (Bingo Bass)
7. Laidback Luke & Diplo – Hey [Dre Skull Remix] (Dim Mak)
8. KS-20 – Fun-Key (unreleased)
9. L-VIS 1990 – United Groove [MJ Cole Remix] (Mad Decent)
10. Ghosts on Tape – Predator Mode VIP Remix (unreleased)
11. Royal T – 1UP [Martin Kemp Remix] (No Hats No Hoods)
12. Bok Bok – Citizens Dub feat. Bubbz (Blunted Robots)

and Residents
Lincolnup and Ben Tactic

Friday, June 18, 2010
The Crown Room
205 NW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR
21+ $5

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