Sam Haar and Zach Steinman make up Blondes, a duo with the power to create emotions that you previously didn’t know existed. Their mixture of techno, IDM and intelligent usage of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines have helped to create an album already earmarked for the dizzy heights of your end of year list.

Blondes, a collection of their previous three 12” releases along with two fresh cuts explores a concept of duality. Lover/Hater, Wine/Water…there is a reason behind their thinking and with an end result this mouth wateringly good, they’ve converted me already.

‘Lover’ with its mid tempo beat, explores the galaxy with a sublime Meredith Monk sample that turns the notch up that bit further. Hearts beat faster, bodies begin to move, a reaction as instant as this is few and far between and Blondes continues to get better and better. ‘Hater’ follows its brother with the same patterns as life slowly gets choked out of it, suffocated by its slowing rhythm. Simplicity is key here and this duo has certainly become masters of the craft.

Transporting yourself to another realm, ‘Business’ teases you, opening the door inch by inch, greeted by what sounds like a musically altered child banging an enslaving drum whilst another cracks the whip in the rain. Shutting the door now and again to restore some order but then again, when something this thought inducing pierces the ears, why would you want to? In comparison, ‘Pleasure’ sucks in the simplicity ideal, offering something much more restrained. The purpose of pleasure is to relax and thoroughly enjoy the experience, which I fully intend to do so as its rhythms slowly infect the bloodstream.

Wine/Water. Fitness freaks amongst us will probably opt for the latter; personally I’d take the wine every time, my alcoholic religion paying dividends with ‘Wine’s’ delayed vocals and ethereal building electronics. Disregarding my drink preferences ‘Water’ does have an individual texture, admittedly more off the wall in some ways than ‘Wine’. Closers, ‘Gold’ and ‘Amber’ reportedly improvised and recorded in one take demonstrates Sam & Zach’s sonic connection as they play upon the concept of too many cooks in the kitchen and purity; shown in ‘Gold’s’ mass of sounds and ‘Amber’s’ well, lack of them.

Blondes is an impressive journey, one that you may wish to take numerous times; a perfect soundtrack as suitable on a decent pair of headphones as it is on your hifi to a group of likeminded individuals.

They have created soundscapes that open the mind and will reinvigorate how you listen to music of this type – now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a spaceship to catch.