Review: Some sublime dance pop by Brooklyn duo Beacon that's bound to be a hit in 2016. The original mix of "Preserve" fits into the current status quo of semi underground dance music quite well. This is a dark journey track with a rolling bassline, razor sharp synth leads, a tough beat and Thomas Mullarney's angelic vocals. The uber cool Kim Ann Foxman steps in to provide a killer remix, which reshapes "Preserve" into a dreamy, tripping and tech house cruiser. It's bumping, razor sharp bass, soaring atmospherics and rapid fire rhythm attacks are the sort of thing you'd hear tearing up Panorama Bar at 9 o' clock on a Sunday night. There's an instrumental version too.
Review: With a staggering number of LPs already to his name, Christopher Willits is back once more with some tender, winsome electronica reflections for regular haunt Ghostly International. There's a concurrent theme of slowly drifting harmonious pads that binds Opening together, as heart-rending billows of drone float from one track to another, ebbing and flowing around light scatterings of rhythm and texture. There are some moments where a more distinct beat comes through, such as on rousing shoe-gaze ponderer "Now", but by and large this is an album of blissful beatless abandon. If that sounds like the kind of music you could lose yourself to, then there's no doubt that Christopher Willits should be an imminent port of call.
Review: Detroit's Ghostly International has picked up a lot as of late, and it's high time that this excellent label started to bring ut new and exciting talent again. Here we have Com Truise - Tom Cruise's alias when he hangs around the scientology meets (just kidding!) - and five masterful slices of synth-heavy dance music. "Sunspot" is a delicate scorcher boasting a beautiful pattern of melodies, "Forgive" goes for the new age look and feel, "Diffraction" sits somewhere between disco and balearic, the title track "Silicon Tare" is the kind of beat-heavy tune you'd be listening to on a beach in LA, and "Du Zirconia" stutters its beats over a grainy bassline that recalls 1980's boogie. Sick.
Review: Following 2012's stellar album In Decay, vintage analogue explorer Com Truise returns to Ghostly with the Wave 1 EP, which sees the US-based producer experiment with a range of tempos to great effect, with New Order and Prince cited as influences. This is most obvious on the Joel Ford-featuring "Declination", which combines '80s electrofunk production with silky vocal delivery, and tracks like "Mind" and "Vallis Called (Control)" where the frenetic rhythms of footwork seem to be an influence. Despite this, the producer's vintage tendencies still loom large - especially on the sublime opener "Wasat", a melancholic slice of emotive techno.
Review: Whether we ever find out the true identity of Com Truise will remain a mystery for the time being, but the one thing we're sure about is that this dude has given us some utterly mesmerising moments of music through Detroit's Ghostly International stable. Matthew Dear's imprint has been going strong since time immemorial, and it's thanks to tunes like "Idle Withdrawal" and their fresh perspective of the wider electronica domain. Sadly, the genre can often fall prey to biases and stereotypes, but Truise's singular blend of colourful synths and playful beats simply never ceases to disappoint. Here, we have another strong case for why the genre will probably never fall on its knees.
Review: Seth Haley begun has career as Com Truise with a bang, releasing two superb albums on Ghostly International in as many years. Curiously, it's taken him five years to conjur up album number three, the typically spacey, melodious and intergalactic Iteration. As you'd expect, his usual musical reference points - Vangelis's Blade Runner soundtrack, early synth-wave, skewed lo-fi boogie, late night radio instrumentals - are all still much in evidence, as his is passion for dusty old synthesizers, cheap drum machines and ear-pleasing melodies. In effect, it's business as usual, though when the music is this cheery, tuneful and atmospheric, it would be churlish to complain.