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A Melbourne producer is reinventing Studio Ghibli classics as hip-hop tracks

This Friday, Melbourne producer Andrei Eremin will release his debut mixtape under the new moniker Ghosting.

Even if you’re not familiar with him by name, you definitely will have heard Eremin’s work — he’s got production credits on Hiatus Kaiyote’s Grammy-nominated album Choose Your Weapon and Chet Faker’s debut EP Thinking In Textures, to cherrypick a couple of the biggest moments from his discography.

The Ghosting project, however, is set to be a little different from Eremin’s usual work. The producer is turning his attention to the beloved film scores of Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and composer Joe Hisaishi, reworking them into complex hip-hop instrumentals.

The 11-song release is appropriately titled Reimagining Miyazaki, and one track — ‘One Summer’ — is already available. Hear it below.

“The mixtape started as a lightbulb moment to sample Spirited Away, one of my all-time favourite films,” writes Eremin.

“I took out my keyboard on a whim, cut up the intro to the film and within four hours I’d finished the best track I’d ever made. It was a sign. From there the decision made itself — I had to sample every other Miyazaki film.”

The mixtape will also feature music from Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and Porco Rosso. As for his Ghosting project, Eremin says it was about giving a solid voice to one of his conflicting personalities.

“Everyday I’d wake up wanting to be someone different – an electronic artist, a photographer, an audio engineer, a pop producer…in the end it felt impossible to reconcile all of these into one identity,” he says. “Ghosting gives a voice to one of those personalities, the part of me with a profound appreciation for hip hop music and culture.”