Last December marked 15 years since the release of Spirited Away, a film which has cemented itself as staple viewing for any and all anime fans – from Tumblr devotees to adult extroverts.
Inspired by this – and his love for Studio Ghibli – Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Chet Faker, Ta-Ku) has composed an entire album in honour of the studio's most iconic animator.
The project, "Reimagining Hayao Miyazaki", takes the ethereal sounds in films like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and Porco Rosso, and blends them with a unique lo-fi hip-hop beat.
It uses the beautifully minimalist (and familiar) soundtracks, and transports them into an "entirely new dimension," with loose grooves, brooding synths and a thunderous bass.
As Emerin explains: "The mixtape started as a lightbulb moment to sample Spirited Away, one of my all-time favourite films,"
"I took out my keyboard on a whim, cut up the intro to the film and within 4 hours I’d finished the best track I’d ever made. From there the decision made itself - I had to sample every other Miyazaki film."
Take a listen to the first track from the mixtape below.
Eremin first heard about Studio Ghibli from his high school folk band, who introduced him to "miracles such as hummus and Miyazaki films."
Since then, and as part of the project, he has travelled across the world to the small, Taiwanese mining town famous for being the inspiration behind Spirited Away.
While Miyazaki denies these claims, Eremin said the resemblance was "unquestionable," with its narrow tunnels and cobblestone lanes, shrouded by steam from the countless dumpling cookers.
Eremin also said creating the mixtape gave him an incredible insight into the mind and creativity of Joe Hisaishi, the composer for all Hayao Miyazaki's films.
"His earliest soundtracks were the most challenging," he explains "with busy, chaotic instrumentation filled with key changes."
"Later films, however, welcomed minimalism: simple piano motifs became the focus and space between the notes told the story."
"Reimagining Hayao Miyazaki" will be released later in the year through Wondercore Island records and will come from "Ghosting", a pseudonym Eremin performs under.