Gallerie is the management collaboration between independent record label owner, Jeff Bratton, and music lawyer Matt Cuttler. The company was newly created to provide a home for artists who straddle the worlds of modern music and pop culture. Gallerie is part of Cascine and is based in NY and LA.
NY-based dance producer Michael Baltra creates ruff-hewn house music that feels otherworldly and emotive. Set against a bedrock of distinctive drum programming, Baltra tracks unfold in a swirl of introspective melodies and spoken word vocals. The combination is haunting – dancefloors bathed in black magic, rain-wet sidewalks reflecting the glow of swaying streetlights.
A Philadelphia native, Baltra’s ascent has only begun. His DJ sets at NYC mainstays Bossa Nova, China Chalet and Halcyon are perpetually jammed, and his touring schedule takes him to cities around the world. To date, his release history counts records for STEP, Of Paradise, Halcyon, Craigie Knowes, Hokkaido Dance Club and Neo Violence.
The past year has seen Baltra become a respected member of an insider scene that represents the raw energy of NYC, while pushing past it with his trademark ability to imbue his rugged productions with a sense of sophistication.
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.