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Check out Ghibli’s new video for “Babyface”

- June 5th, 2012

Ghibli unleashed his video for Rare Pleasures standout “Babyface” today on the Portals blog and it’s a colourful ride. The video perfectly emulates Ghibli’s sample-heavy work thanks to Edmonton-based contemporary dancer Ainsley Hillyard’s smooth moves and Mike Robertson‘s clever directing and editing.

Ghibli (real name Thomas Michael) heaps on the disco inferno with “Babyface” as strings, flutes, and trumpets are chopped unrecognizably and turned into one gorgeous hip-shaking anthem.

Michael, who released music as Jaded Hipster Choir before taking the Ghibli nom de plume, creates deeply layered dance must that is effortlessly innovative. His albums are teeming with new and interesting ideas, like the swirling “Little Clique” and the sly funk of “Roisin and Aoife.” 2011′s Pythia featured “Bring Weed To The Cabin” a throbbing and ominous track beautifully intercut with a haunting choral accent.

Ghibli’s music sounds fuller than the modest one man music making machine would suggest. Michael is one of the new generation of laptop musicians plumbing the depths of what music can sound like. Rare Pleasures is entirely sampled from Youtube — yet it sounds more exciting than many studio-produced albums.

Stream Rare Pleasures below for your listening pleasure.

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