Kelli Ali has reteamed with former Sneaker Pimps bandmate Liam Howe on new album Ghostdriver, a sultry trip-hop journey through London that is also the soundtrack to her forthcoming film of the same name. It’s the first time they’ve worked together since she left the band in 1997, but having Liam on-board brings out the best in Kelli for her sixth solo LP. The smokey, noirish feel to Ghostdriver evokes a mix of jazz club and night-time walks along city streets, setting the scene for her independent feature about the midnight journeys of a London chauffeur starring Kelli herself.
Ghostdriver will transport you into the back of a London cab, cruising along the backstreets at night time en route to places we can’t go right now.
As well as having Liam on board, Ghostdriver sees collaborations with electronic music acts to bring real depth to the tracks. You can hear the lush strokes of Ulrich Schnauss on instrumentals ‘Waiting for Grace’ and ‘London 3am’, while Digitonal tend to Kelli’s delicate vocals with their seductive synths, piano and clarinet on ‘Drive’. Cult With No Name, Christ. (ex Boards Of Canada) and Coloquix also appear to provide real verve to a soundtrack that feels like the ‘love letter to London’ that Kelli promises.
The low-slung sax and trumpet that recurs throughout will transport you into the back of a London cab, cruising along the backstreets at night time en route to places we can’t go right now. This dream quality helps Ghostdriver maintain an ethereal mood, and works as a tease to the film expected to land in the summer.