Out of a garage in Princeton, New Jersey, self-confessed synthesizer obsessive Rich Haley has been making odd but interesting music for the best part of a decade. He first utilized the brilliant Com Truise moniker in the summer of 2010, when his Cyanide Sisters EP dropped on AMDISCS. Haley's musical ethos is seemingly simple; His music, whether upbeat, downtempo, dancefloor-minded or sofa-centric, is entirely made with synthesizers and computers. In many ways, Cyanide Sisters is something of a musical calling card. It demonstrates Haley's ability to craft pieces that defy easy categorization. "5891", for example, sounds like a mangled, next-level rework of Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls", while "BASF Ace" could be the mutant offspring of Autechre and Bootsy Collins. There are more simplistically optimistic offerings, too - check "Sunripened", "Slow Peels" and the title track - as well as crunchier offerings that fit into the synth-wave formula.Whatever you call it, Haley's music is playful, emotive and joyously addictive. If left-of-centre analogue funk is your thing, look no further.
When it comes to Gold Panda releases, you never quite know what you're going to get. On one hand, it might be skittish, wonky and unusual; on the other, it may be a rush-inducing blast of electronic positivity. By and large, this second album delivers lashings of the latter, with his trademark shimmering electronics, darting synths and pleasing melodies riding waves of floor-friendly rhythms. There's a pleasing percussive intensity about the sun-bright goodness of "Junk City II" and "Brazil", while jack-era Chi-town drums underpin the picturesque rural imagery of "An English House". It's these kinds of unusual but brilliant combinations that make Half of Where You Live a particularly potent set.
Love Triangle (Electrical Storms version) - (3:33) 69 BPM
Ahead of an eagerly awaited album next year, HTRK present this single to tide us over. Taking precedence is a fine remix from Mika Vainio, with the Finn electing to rework "Poison," the crepuscular classic from HTRK's excellent 2011 LP Work (Work, Work), with the resultant effort sounding as industrial as you'd imagine, demonstrating that HTRK are eminently remixable in the right hands. Elsewhere, the "electrical storms version" of "Love Triangle" offers something a little more hazy but no less brooding, with Jonnine Standish's vocals cutting through its eerie synth soundscape. Highly recommended to fans and newcomers alike...