Soft Metals is the electronic romance of Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall of Portland, Oregon, USA, played on vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Brought together in April of 2009 through a common love of 70s and 80s electronic music, they decided to meet up and put Ian’s synth collection to use. Inspiration came to them by way of early industrial music (Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads), EBM, minimal synth, 1980s Chicago house, techno, synth pop and italo disco. They are signed on über-cool Brooklyn based label Captured Tracks and are working on their debut album. For this split single with fellow Portlanders Jewels Of The Nile, Soft Metals delivers a great cover version of Throbbing Gristle ‘Hot On The Heels Of Love’ and pushes the song onto the dancefloor.
Jewels of the Nile are a female duo out of Portland, Oregon, with an obvious influence from the dark Northwest. Formed early in 2010 by Meghan Christine and Jessy Montaigne while playing in their other project Magick Daggers, the two bonded over a common love of more primal, downtempo electronic music, also sharing double air in the stars, combining to create a spark of desire to form something that allowed the freedom of complete exploration in music and the world. The two are joined by Mark Ingram, of Crossover on electric drums and floor tom, which gives their sound deeper percussive roots. They are currently writing their debut album. For the B side of this single they cover Deathwish by gothic legend Christian Death to create a witch house monster.
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