Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:16 am
If next week's New Ships EP is any indication, "If it ain't broke, do it better" is Benoit & Sergio's mantra. The D.C. dance-pop duo has experienced a sharp, steady rise since releasing its debut EP (2009's What I've Lost), in part because it keeps sharpening its knack for punching out melodic club tracks.
"Lipstick & Lace" leads off the New Ships EP by following a similar formula for Benoit & Sergio, laying woozy vocals atop protruding basslines to hypnotic ends. The track opens with what sounds like a gargantuan rubber band, as it strings out the loop that will underpin the six-minute song. Sergio's vocals enter, as he sings to a partner on the dance floor about making moves, lipstick and lace. His voice, the song and its disco-inspired adornments are all tailored equally — and perfectly — to clubs and cars.