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.