#: HAUNTOLOGIST 01
note: "Though it surely wasn’t the only limited-run boutique techno label launched last December, the Hauntologists imprint garnered plenty of interest and, naturally, speculation. The only concrete information provided was that the EP was recorded in Berlin and Düsseldorf, and that it was linked to Berlin’s Hardwax record store. The colonialism-chic of the the hand silk-screened record sleeve teased hints of African drumming from the reduced rhythms (for instance, the opening track), and of course there was that name, “Hauntologists.” Originally coined by Jacques Derrida to describe persisting echoes of communism after the fall of the Berlin Wall (see Spectres of Marx), the term “hauntology” has recently been moonlighting as a slippery adjective in music criticism, where writers like K-Punk and Simon Reynolds have applied it variously to elements in the work of artists as Burial, Mordant Music and Tricky, and especially to the sounds coming from the Ghost Box label. “EP1″ seemed to pay lip service to one notion or another of hauntology, the sleeve pointing perhaps to repressed trauma lying in the bedrock of western culture, and the music’s analogue palette generally espousing an appropriation of “outmoded” futurist styles but, ultimately, the connection felt more incidental than anything." - Chris Burkhalter.