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The Guidecca EP's titular track opens with bubbling bongos that only hint at the rhythmic, infectious heights that'll be felt over the course of four minutes. 'Guidecca' is a brooding bolt of melancholia, yet with its pulsating synths and subtle kick drum beat has its eyes firmly fixed on the dancefloor. Listening to it, it is little wonder that the enigmatic Ghost Culture is causing a noise only two releases into his career.

The strength of 'Guidecca' is in its ability to be relatable yet aloof. The moody vocals evoke Depeche Mode, yet they're often obscured by huge synth chords that help to cloak meaning and allow the audience to focus more on the beats. The track's nostalgic sound, offers the best route into unlocking the intent in this track - ignore the title's reference to the 18th century Venetian garden of delights.

It's also a transformative track, about halfway through the music is brought right down to just electronic pulses and soft synthesiser chords as Ghost Culture opines "repeat your gentle words." The vocals are filled with longing in that moment and yet are soon replaced with satisfaction, though as he admits, he's unsure as to the reason why. The song ends with the repeated refrain of "be home soon". The darkwave-esque synths subside instantly and he's left singing over a fading electronic beat that diminishes rapidly.

The second track 'Half Open' is a 6 minute work-out that opens with a familiar kick beat and a more Detroit techno influence. Like 'Guidecca' it's a track that builds and rearranges itself. Synthesiser melodies enter the mix, work their way in to your head and disappear. It's a testament to Ghost Culture's production work that you'll experience this in multiple ways. On the dance floor, you'll be lost in the beat, especially with that excellent breakdown a third of the way into the song. At home you'll find yourself listening past the surface layers and hearing a depth of sound and melodies that make for one of the most richly textured dance tracks this year.

One of the stand-out moments is that first breakdown, where the almost abrasive synthesiser is abruptly pulled out and we're left with a shimmering (almost horn sounding) lead and a bass heavy beat which is soon complimented with a sharp snare beat. There's another breakdown later that strips out the synthesiser lead and re-focuses the attention on the bass. The track ends after bringing all the constituent parts together once more and then slowly stripping them away until all we're left with is a gulping bass-line (as though the track itself is struggling to breathe) and then just percussion.

It's unfortunate that the release has to end on a weak note, with an instrumental version of 'Giudecca'. It's labelled as a "dub version" but it really doesn't add anything to the song, merely removing the vocals, which in a way removes the nostalgic vibe of the track. Those vocals, hushed and almost lost in all that dark electronica gave character and helped create intrigue. 'Half Open' excels without vocals because the music is the journey, whilst 'Giudecca' - stripped of vocals - seems lost. A dark wave song that now seems without purpose.

However, those first two tracks are excellent, neither one outstays its welcome and it'll be interesting to see what Ghost Culture does with them when he finally takes them out on tour. This is only the second release for Ghost Culture (following last year's Mouth EP) and so we are left with the promise of new material on the horizon, which based on this EP alone is an exciting prospect.