Another not released this year – although house veteran Maurice Fulton did release an album under his BOOF alias (The Hydrangeas Whisper), I preferred this one from 2011. This is as much space funk as it is house music and the live drumming really pops out of the mix.
So, I’ve been covering new albums as they’re released (and as I buy them) in my Albums Of section, but quite often I pick up stuff that hasn’t just come out and I wanted an excuse to feature those occasionally – hence this new section, Late To The Party, where I will do so.
I’m going to kick it off with this 2011 album by the cheekily-monikered Com Truise, Galactic Melt.
Com Truise (real name Seth Haley) makes music with a pretty limited palate of sounds – some quite retro sounding synths and beefed-up drum machines. However, he really uses this to his advantage, crafting ostensibly simple tracks with an amazing sense of rhythm, melody and harmony. There’s a lot of minor-key wistfulness that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Boards of Canada release, if it weren’t for the downright funky beats backing them. And he doesn’t let his ideas outstay their welcome, either – the 11 tracks on this album coming in at a relatively trim 43 minutes.
Check out Brokendate from the album, below: