Com Truise is the nom de guerre of producer and designer Seth Haley, raised in upstate NY and currently working out of LA. His synth and sci-fi-obsessed records are as infectious as they are expansive. From his breakout EP in 2010, Cyanide Sisters, to his first LP for Ghostly in 2011, Galactic Melt, and his numerous EPs, remixes and collections to follow, Com Truise has refined his singular style of melodic beat music. Each piece ties together his ideas of synth-wave and slow-motion funk amidst a glowing backdrop of rich, nostalgic pathos.
Though undoubtedly influenced by his parents' record collections and old, faded product design, the Com Truise project doesn't only pull from the past. Hints of Joy Division, New Order and Cocteau Twins bubble up in every prismatic piece, but it's as if they're processed through a waterlogged game console - warped, cybernetic and high-definition. Uniquely, Com Truise sounds both familiar and uncanny, and always handmade.
After eight years as the driving force behind celebrated rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, Kristin stepped out from behind the pseudonym. More quantum leap than artistic pivot, she recorded her solo debut in collaboration with producers Kurt Feldman and Andrew Miller. In summer 2016, X-Communicate was released via her longtime label home, Sub Pop, to much critical praise. Highlighting the singular quality of Kristin’s voice and songwriting, the album moves between tempo and mood, using genre rather than adhering to it.
During her years fronting Dum Dum Girls, Kristin’s achievements were many: TV performances on Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, countless positive album reviews including three 8+ write-ups on Pitchfork, magazine covers, worldwide tours and a collaboration with author, Bret Easton Ellis.
Samantha Urbani is a musician, multimedia artist, activist, and a culture contrarian bar none. Channeling a collage of influences, and synthesizing them to craft a sound that’s uniquely her own, Samantha creates pop music with a purpose. As the leader of Brooklyn experimental pop band Friends, she developed a tenacious DIY attitude that has since developed into an ethos of individualism. This approach has allowed her to shine on collaborations with artists like Nite Jewel, Zoe Kravitz, and Doldrums, as well as across many of the standout tracks from Blood Orange’s 2013 album Cupid Deluxe.
Following years of touring and contributing to the projects of fellow artists, Samantha brought her own solo career from the sideline to the spotlight with the standout singles. “1 2 3 4” and “U Know I Know.” Last year, Samantha delivered her long awaited debut, the Policies of Power EP, with critics applauding the immediacy of her referential but contemporary take on pop culture, while tackling the hefty topics of emotional justice and complex power dynamics. Easily navigating the shifting pop music landscape with finesse and grit, Policies of Power cemented Samantha’s status as an artist on the ascent. Today she continues producing and collaborating with other artists, as well as writing and recording material of her own.