After the slow burning ‘pop’ effort Marry Me Tonight from 2009, HTRK are back with a similarly flat-lined study of desire and submission, this time complicated with elements of sentimentality and dysphoria. The gritty electronic sound design and simple beauty of these new songs belie the sheer psychic weight to be found on this record.
HTRK finished production whilst grieving the sudden loss of founding member and bassist Sean Stewart to suicide in March ‘10. Written from 2006-10 in Berlin and London, Work (work, work) has been carefully designed to offer a subtle transformative experience to those of us who seek beauty in melancholy.
HTRK’s remaining members, Jonnine Standish and guitarist Nigel Yang, sweeten their heavier sonic reference points (Pan Sonic, Suicide, et al) into songs of love and lust, creating an imaginary party record for the end of time.
[Listen & Download the first single, Eat Your Heart]
For all the wonderfully subtle shell-breaking he did on his full-length, Mark E falls back on old, slow habits for his new single, “The Day.” And welcomely, we might add. Pitching things down to a basement lounge floor crawl, the Midlands DJ/producer wraps his always chugging kicks and snares in serpentine synth-bass, jazzy, tripleted hi-hats, and moaning, wordless soul vocals. For the vinyl junkies that bought Stone Breaker and missed out on it the first time around (it was absent from that version), this release should be a no brainer.
The release also includes a new track plus, naturally, an eleven-minute revamp of “The Day” by Prins Thomas.
New Jersey’s Com Truise presents his debut album, Galactic Melt, a little earlier than initially promised. The demand for the producer’s experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk” was too great to hold onto.
Available now is the digital and CD version. You can pre-order the LP version and instantly receive the digital version. We also have some Com Truise designed shirts.
Mux Mool made the first Drum EP in 2007 and released it on Moodgadget. At that time, the young producer wasn’t sure if he was going to continue making beats at all. He stuck with it. In 2010, Mux found himself in a similar funk, only this time during heavy touring in support of his Ghostly debut, Skulltaste. Thus, Drum EP 2 is all songs made while on a plane.
Having flexed their synth-pop muscles on releases for DFA (the acclaimed Boy Trouble EP) and Visionquest (the lovelorn Where The Freaks Have No Name EP), DC duo Benoit & Sergio return to Spectral Sound for a victory lap around the dancefloor. And “Let Me Count the Ways” is just that, sounding every bit the perfect, hands-in-the-air final anthem of the evening.