Live, Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes bob their heads an awful lot. Sam Haar and Zachary Steinman always seem like they’re jamming their way into an invitation to dance — and this can either make us move or give us pause. Touched, their debut EP, may showcase some painstakingly “definitive” versions of these late-night autobahn rides to nowhere. But the approach remains pretty much the same: drawing equally on experimental minimalism, Acid House, and ‘70s Kosmiche, Blondes whisper electronic ribbons and female vocal flourishes into repetitive base motifs until they blossom like synthetic Chiapets and light up the night. The result is true intelligent dance music — one that thinks before it speaks.
Blondes, “You Mean So Much To Me” (Touched EP, Merok)