Weekend Rewind: Com Truise veers wildly between soul and space on his funky 2010 PlayGround Mix
Producer Seth Haley has made a name for himself with his galaxy melting sonic creations, producing scores of enigmatic retro-inspired synth melodies under his Com Truise alias. Haley’s sounds are uniquely impressive, even when measured against his synthwave generating peers, for the producer’s ability to build lushly nuanced, narrative-driven environments within his records.
Back in 2010, Haley had yet to release the records for which he’s become a cherished name in synth communities — 2011’s Galactic Melt and the 2012 follow up In Decay — and this mix shows a versatility of sound that will surely impress fans who’ve heard his singularly synthwave works that followed it. During the hour long mix, the producer cycles through a host of eclectic artists from Grandmaster Flash, Gatekeeper, New Order, and even Al Green.
It’s a range only a supreme selector could wrangle into coherence and Haley does just that, keeping the funk alive with innovative, funky transitions that never feel forced. With a mix that could compel the most stoic hips into swaying, the producer was asserting himself as a genre-bending artist to watch nearly a decade ago.
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