The project of Drew Daniel, the Soft Pink Truth grew from a dare, and over time it remained musically daring. In between his busy careers as an academic, writer, and half of the boundary-pushing electronic duo Matmos, Daniel's work as the Soft Pink Truth showcased his dazzlingly nimble production skills as well as his encyclopedic musical knowledge. From album to album, the project's focus shifted nearly as much as Matmos' music did. On 2003's debut album Do You Party?, Daniel drew on house, funk, disco, and '80s R&B -- and composer Erik Satie -- for its booty-shaking allure, but on the following year's Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth?, he turned vintage punk and hardcore songs into house anthems that felt even more subversive than the original versions. Daniel explored similar territory on 2014's Why Do the ...
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