WORDS BY BEN CHEE
French/American duo BENOIT & SERGIO have dropped their hotly anticipated new EP “Your Darkness” on Detroit-based record label, VISIONQUEST RECORDS. Since forming in 2009, Benoit & Sergio have curated a strong collection of EP releases – most notably their stripped-down house anthem “$100 Bill” for much-loved UK imprint, Hot Creations.
“Your Darkness” starts off with a heavy and decidedly gloomy kick. The EP’s opener, “Splash“ is a multilayer thumper with a basic repeating melody and “sexy” house vocal, that serves to get the listener’s blood pumping. It’s a fun bit of bass-heavy bop but a track you’re unlikely to recall by the end of the night.
Luckily, the EP convinces with it’s title track “Your Darkness“ which is the heart of the international duo’s new release. Despite being the slowest track of the set, distorted vocals, buzzing chords and a Daft Punk-eque bass riff serve to add some much-needed spice, to what could have otherwise been another non-distinct club cut. Thankfully, “Your Darkness” is quite the opposite and will no doubt take a beating on the Sankeys dance floor all the way through summer.
The EP closes with “Beat Macho“, which moves repetitively in the same vein as the EP’s first track, “Splash”. It may be good enough to get your feet tapping, but it’s just too simple and monotonous to be something truly special.
In short, Benoit & Sergio’s new EP is a pleasing mix of sharp-edged minimal and grooving house. Each of the tracks function as perfectly acceptable club cuts, with the EP’s title track the undeniable standout. “Your Darkness” is on full digital release on July 28th.