2020 wouldn't have been quite what they were envisioning, but Ghostly International’s 21st was a coming-of-age story in its own way. Few labels last year kept on keepin’ on quite like them.
Releasing over a dozen albums in 12 months is a commendable return for any independent record label, let alone in a period where riding out the storm was the only essential priority. That several of the finest LPs we heard this year (Mary Lattimore, TOBACCO, Khotin et al.) came from a label often associated with festival-ready North American techno and beat science is all the more impressive. Where Ghostly hall-of-famers School Of Seven Bells once encouraged people to “Put Their Sad Down”, the Ghostly Class of 2020 beckoned people to greet their sad with arms wide open; to inhabit the sad, become the sad and work through the sad.