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There's been talk on various threads but I think it's time for these dudes to have their very own, as the barrage of excellence is now reaching a critical mass. "Full Grown Man". "What I've Lost". "Midnight People". "Walk & Talk". "Principles". "Let Me Count The Ways (Autumn Version)". And judging on youtube clips from DJ sets, "Everybody" (b-side to forthcoming "Principles" single) is gonna be the dancefloor anthem of the year. Check Ellen Allien playing it here (from about 25 seconds):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQcFc48_RLI

So basically if these guys can pull out an album this year it might be the equivalent of the mindblowing album Schaeben & Voss ought to have made in about 2004.

Tim F, Sunday, 5 June 2011 11:01 (eleven years ago) link

Hear "Everybody" in hi-res in the middle of Seth Troxler's Essential Mix:

http://soundcloud.com/r_co/seth-troxler-essential-mix-07

Tim F, Sunday, 5 June 2011 12:31 (eleven years ago) link

'everybody' sounds great. Is it referencing yello via. ruffneck?

forest zombie (Vasco da Gama), Sunday, 5 June 2011 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

What I've Lost is AMAZING, but I've not been able to get into Boy Trouble very much. These dudes seem to get better the further away they get from 'songwriting'.

Matt DC, Sunday, 5 June 2011 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

Okay Everybody, purely on the basis of that Ellen video, sounds like a tune-of-the-year contender.

Matt DC, Sunday, 5 June 2011 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

WHOA @ "what i've lost"

b.o.s.e. (banned ones still envy) (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 5 June 2011 17:15 (eleven years ago) link

man, this stuff is raw

b.o.s.e. (banned ones still envy) (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 5 June 2011 17:22 (eleven years ago) link

yeah these guys are classic.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 5 June 2011 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

i really love "walk and talk" (LOVE the vocal treatment) but i can't get into anything else i've heard by these dudes (the boy trouble ep, midnight people). think they're kinda boring tbh.

the smoke cloud of pure hatred (lex pretend), Sunday, 5 June 2011 21:43 (eleven years ago) link

i can't tell a single thing from that video? it's a fucking horrible quality youtube clip that sounds like ass, how can you possibly tell what anything sounds like

between this and the thread of people going nuts over the-dream demos that you can't actually hear, i wonder about you all

the smoke cloud of pure hatred (lex pretend), Sunday, 5 June 2011 21:45 (eleven years ago) link

been listening to ridic amounts of this since spring, young small discography but cultivated so perfectly wish everyone released so little music of such consistently high quality, like u dont have to ever listen to the other songs bc they dont exist

flopson, Sunday, 5 June 2011 21:52 (eleven years ago) link

oh god so not boring, imo theres something abt the way their stuff moves, its got a lithe, floating quality, it doesn't sound grounded at all. its a mystery (to me) how they pull it off its so subtly suggested by light pops clicks, little internal rhythms

flopson, Sunday, 5 June 2011 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

Matt, I purposely left "boy trouble" off my opening list bc while it's okay I think it falls out their sweet spot between vocals and longform house. But I think they grow less interesting when they run away from vocals as well - like "where the freaks have no name" is fine but nowhere near as good as "full grown man" et al.

Tim F, Sunday, 5 June 2011 22:00 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQQRdV1hiGs&feature=related

flopson, Sunday, 5 June 2011 22:04 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvqRrN0qono

think it's cut from seth troxler's essential mix.

these guys are the most exciting thing happened lately in dance

cuteforce, Monday, 6 June 2011 06:03 (eleven years ago) link

It's a bit too dad house for me, nice enough and all that but I dunno it makes me feel really young for not enjoying it very much but to be fair I kinda like that about it. They do have a nice atmosphere about them and I think flopson nailed it, they kind of float but they leave me aching for a little more kick and groove, they're kinda rigid somehow dispite how well they keep that dreamy floaty atmosphere going. It sounds like a track you'd hear in some place called bar oblong where 40 something ex-dance heads meet on a sunny afternoon where the music is played at low volumes, just loud enough so you can strike the odd pose that reminds you of when you enjoyed to dance but just quiet enough so you can order a cocktail without any trouble. Sounds like a nice day out really. Can't wait until I'm old.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 6 June 2011 08:12 (eleven years ago) link

Where is this Oblong bar?

mmmm, Monday, 6 June 2011 08:19 (eleven years ago) link

No idea its just one of those places every city has that are like an up market weatherspoons that play funky trad house with those oblong beats. You can usualy see a branch in the back of the shot of hedkandi album front covers.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 6 June 2011 08:24 (eleven years ago) link

Jimi no offense given you've tried to be reasonable with how you've expressed yourself here but do you like any vocal house / deep house / funky house (non uk funky) et al?

Tim F, Monday, 6 June 2011 08:49 (eleven years ago) link

i can't tell a single thing from that video? it's a fucking horrible quality youtube clip that sounds like ass, how can you possibly tell what anything sounds like

between this and the thread of people going nuts over the-dream demos that you can't actually hear, i wonder about you all

You can't hear the piano chords and the chiming noises? Even from the terrible sound quality it sounds like a Coma Cat-style anthem in the making.

Matt DC, Monday, 6 June 2011 08:54 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah I like a load of deep/funky house, can't stop playing every Underground Quality release I can lay my hands on at the moment. I think this was the last vocal track I really dug.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGNS-c_e_NU

I like that they keep it kind of raw and loose while keeping that funky/deep hosue sheen, its a vibe I feel is missing from these guys.

Everybody is alright but it just makes me want to hear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlqvE4nK6Fg

That, its got that sunny loved up vibes but there is way more groove going on.

Are these guys on DFA? They sound a bit like a less messy more house The Juan McLean somehow.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:00 (eleven years ago) link

Underground Quality is a great deal more prestigious / underground than I meant! You might as well say Moodymann at that point.

Tim F, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:04 (eleven years ago) link

You can't hear the piano chords and the chiming noises? Even from the terrible sound quality it sounds like a Coma Cat-style anthem in the making.

i can't hear how they fit into the track or really what they sound like at all - you literally cannot hear how a song sounds properly from a shaky 2-min youtube clip

the smoke cloud of pure hatred (lex pretend), Monday, 6 June 2011 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

NB. cuteforce made this debate a non-issue upthread you know.

Tim F, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:11 (eleven years ago) link

True. They give me a simular vibe though. Benoit & Sergio give me more of a DFA-esq vocal version of someone like Pantha Du Prince rather than Tensnake on everything I've heard bar 'Everybody'. I <3 Pantha Du Prince.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:19 (eleven years ago) link

They've got a nice little chart on Juno with a nice slice of that kinda thing too: Steffi, Kassem Mosse, Moodyman, Theo Parrish. I feel they're kinda on the edge of what I dig from this end of house but before I can get into it fully they double back on themselves and it gets a little stagnent. Worth keeping an ear on maybe we'll see how they go I guess.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:30 (eleven years ago) link

"Egad! Is that a Chameleons bootleg?"


Mm

I am using your worlds, Friday, 10 June 2011 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

what i've lost is unutterably gorgeous, wow.

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 10 June 2011 15:53 (eleven years ago) link

when the vocals come in it reminds me of a prettier version of a song by suicide

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 10 June 2011 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

the little hollow "PTCHOO" accent that gets used something like six times in the entire song. so brazen, so precise.

haha there's kind of a bruce springsteen vibe somehow too, like "racing in the streets"

they kind of float but they leave me aching for a little more kick and groove

that's what turntables are for i guess!

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 10 June 2011 15:56 (eleven years ago) link

hurray for these guys finishing that xlr8r mix with my favourite fennesz tune

straightola, Friday, 10 June 2011 16:02 (eleven years ago) link

^_^ http://soundcloud.com/dfa-records/everybody/s-jWkZ8

just sayin, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

Hear "Everybody" in hi-res in the middle of Seth Troxler's Essential Mix:

haha this is where i 1st heard these dudes

surprised by the ilm love

"walk & talk" is fffffantastic, everything is also is ok

neti pot, kombucha, how to die alone (Lamp), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

eh, why would you be surprised?

their xlr8r mix is perfectly thriling until the last four tracks, who wants to listen to that pish? total downer of an ending.

jed_, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

It's no The Weeknd.

when the vocals come in it reminds me of a prettier version of a song by suicide

It's very Dream Baby Dream actually. Sort of reminds me of something else, like a Lou Reed remix that doesn't actually exist, or something?

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:21 (eleven years ago) link

But yeah, there's totally a 70s American rock vibe in the mix somewhere (okay maybe not on Everybody). When are they going to do their Steely Dan house track?

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:22 (eleven years ago) link

thread needs more PRINCIPLES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRCYPbXG6xU

gr8080, Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:05 (eleven years ago) link

Not to be a complainer, but there really needs to be a single-length edit of Everybody. The original is great for the club, but I need a 3-4 minute version.

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:07 (eleven years ago) link

xpost principles used v well in soul claps social experiment 002

just sayin, Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:36 (eleven years ago) link

and johnny fever u r crazy

just sayin, Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:36 (eleven years ago) link

I just can't get past the pitched down PRINCIPLES every 5 seconds. Murders a great song for me.

She Got the Shakes, Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:52 (eleven years ago) link

don't really get the buzz with "everybody", like...it's just not very good. i mean, i like a lot of the music that is associated with these guys, except not them. i mean, it's called "everybody" and the hook is someone singing "everybody" but the music doesn't really reach the standard you'd expect given those promising signs. it just sort of falls between too many poles for me, not quite french house, not quite trance.

MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE LIVING HERE!! (Local Garda), Saturday, 25 June 2011 13:57 (eleven years ago) link

I saw one remix of Walk & Talk in YouTube but that's it iirc: any official remixes?

gr8080, Sunday, 26 June 2011 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Cheers to MikoMcha for the find:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ya0XpOpAl0

Tim F, Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:25 (eleven years ago) link

this is the b-side - even better imo http://soundcloud.com/getdowngood/slow-hands-sweetest-taboo

why is it a vinyl-only release? WANT AN MP3 GODDAMNIT.

re: "around the world", that's a great bassline but i hate that vocal so much (a fault of the original really but i'm never going to enjoy hearing it)

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:02 (eleven years ago) link

mean, i like a lot of the music that is associated with these guys, except not them.

i pretty much agree with this re: benoit & sergio in general. i like the whole soul clap/sade house thing but they don't seem to do it that well? idgi.

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:03 (eleven years ago) link

I finally put my finger on the ghost I could sense lurking around these guys.

And it's, uh, Paul Simon.

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 21:30 (eleven years ago) link

okay "around the world", THAT'S more like it, so so so much better than "everybody". love that.

LocalGarda, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 21:34 (eleven years ago) link

i can get w/ paul simon. im all about these guys but paul simon is by far my most listened to.

℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:03 (eleven years ago) link

Loving the RA mix. New Look's "Nap on the Bow" in particular - swoony kate bush disco.

Tim F, Sunday, 1 July 2012 13:49 (ten years ago) link

yep this mix rules. love it when they translate their k'd out sad indie electro house spiel to a summery context

also - Birds & Souls - Socially Conscious... is this them? it's great! (the "since i heard your name..." one)

akadarbarijava (psychgawsple), Monday, 2 July 2012 02:34 (ten years ago) link

Birds and Souls is Sergio and Ryan Crosson.

Tim F, Monday, 2 July 2012 03:16 (ten years ago) link

ahhh. his voice is p recognizable i suppose i should've known. didn't realize that they released something in 2010 - http://www.discogs.com/Birds-Souls-Birds-Souls/release/2260976

akadarbarijava (psychgawsple), Monday, 2 July 2012 06:17 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

streaming previews of three new songs http://aboveboarddist.co.uk/visionquest/VQ018

title track = incredible

instafapper (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 22:43 (ten years ago) link

all three sound fucking awesome tho

instafapper (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 22:46 (ten years ago) link

mmmmmmmm

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 23:01 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This new EP is really good, yes.

boxedjoy, Friday, 19 October 2012 09:49 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

It is EXCELLENT

plus I just heard "boy trouble" for the first time yesterday and am HOOKED

Raymond Cummings, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 22:26 (ten years ago) link

Lipstick and Lace reminds me of Prince in some weird way

Raymond Cummings, Thursday, 8 November 2012 15:46 (ten years ago) link

Benoit & Sergio - Bridge So Far (Lee Foss Cut)

MikoMcha, Saturday, 17 November 2012 10:50 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

"Bridge So Far" coming out on Hot Creations in a few weeks. SUCH A BANGER.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RJ6hE8a29E

Tim F, Saturday, 19 January 2013 15:15 (ten years ago) link

I was weary of this because "lol Hot Creations" but this is brilliant. Is the intro meant to sound like they're singing the words "walk and talk" with some sort of self-referencing?

boxedjoy, Saturday, 19 January 2013 16:18 (ten years ago) link

Glad this is finally coming out.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:42 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

& it's out!

http://www.beatport.com/release/bridge-so-far/1029404

etc, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:10 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

been jammin $100 bill a lot, <3

johnny crunch, Sunday, 31 March 2013 19:22 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

New EP is out there. Adjustments is really good, Shake Shake... not so much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xk8Kbti7yU

boxedjoy, Monday, 28 October 2013 17:01 (nine years ago) link

hm that doesnt really get me, tho i v regularly am still playing like lipstick & lace, new ships, boy trouble, not in your nature, etc etc they have so many incred songs

johnny crunch, Monday, 28 October 2013 17:33 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLTq4M9yv2s Shake Shake is my pick of the new release

du mein bestie (micarl), Monday, 28 October 2013 18:17 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

https://soundcloud.com/thump/benoit-sergio-thats-the-party-talking

Almost 30 years ago, metal band Judas Priest found themselves embroiled in a legal proceedings after allegations that subliminal messages in their music drove two Nevada teens to insanity. Benoit & Sergio's new EP That's the Party Talking may land the classy-dance duo in a similar situation, as we're pretty sure it's subtly imploring us to do drugs.

johnny crunch, Saturday, 29 November 2014 02:49 (eight years ago) link

ban vice

i dig tho

J0rdan S., Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:25 (eight years ago) link

there'er previews of the other 2 new (i think?) songs on itunes, i think they sound better than this tbh

johnny crunch, Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:27 (eight years ago) link

i like the cut up vocals on this one but they always do cool shit with vocals

J0rdan S., Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:31 (eight years ago) link

Waiting for their album already.

Liking this on first listen a bit more than the last single.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 30 November 2014 22:02 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

Two new eps coming out in the next two months, hoping "Dancing Shoes" still sounds like this:
http://soundcloud.com/mathilde-dhjan/benoit-sergio-dancing-shoes

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:34 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

what ive lost is really elegent & profound & beautiful imo its really been hitting me hard as of late

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 February 2016 17:59 (six years ago) link

yeah it's a masterpiece, i put it on a couple times a year and it always kills me. between b&s and those early nicolas jaar singles there was some really beautiful airy tactile post-minimal house in the early 2010s, for dilettantes like me who only find out about music thru ilx at least

flopson, Saturday, 20 February 2016 19:00 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

from their new-ish EP; I don't think there's ever gonna be an LP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QxTU8sshoU

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:02 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

an album Lost Decade is apparently finally on the way

ufo, Thursday, 16 September 2021 03:14 (one year ago) link

!

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 16 September 2021 08:19 (one year ago) link

wow

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 September 2021 12:04 (one year ago) link

Appropriate album title

Tim F, Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:06 (one year ago) link

My baby does K all decade.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:14 (one year ago) link

follow your principles

brimstead, Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:58 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGkZlqwy8V4

nice textures but I hope they're not moving completely away from the dancefloor and into stadium indietronica

boxedjoy, Monday, 13 June 2022 15:54 (seven months ago) link

Apparently there IS gonna be an actual LP from these guys

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 13 June 2022 19:46 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://pitchfork.com/news/benoit-and-sergio-announce-debut-album-13-years-after-their-first-release-share-new-song-listen/

they've finally announced it properly

ufo, Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:20 (five months ago) link

Back in 2012, when I was describing their ace track "Lipstick and Lace" to friends, I assumed their name was pronounced "Ben-wah and Saire-heo", like some sort of French/Spanish crossover. Is that in any way correct? Or is merely as the English phonetics would indicate?

Front-loaded albums are musical gerrymandering (Prefecture), Friday, 12 August 2022 04:43 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

out today, sounding good

nxd, Friday, 26 August 2022 15:53 (five months ago) link

great album, soothing and lush

nxd, Friday, 26 August 2022 17:51 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Why are they seemingly so ignored / unknown?

Evan, Thursday, 19 January 2023 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

I thought the album was really underwhelming, one of the biggest disappointments of 2022, especially after it taking so long to arrive

boxedjoy, Thursday, 19 January 2023 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

Shame you felt that way. Guess it helps that they're pretty new to me. Years of anticipation is hard to live up to.

Evan, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

Ah, makes sense, Evan!

Many of the rest of us have been awaiting that album for a decade, so when expectation is building on the back of “Walk and Talk,” “Boy Trouble,” “Adjustments,” etc …

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:22 (two weeks ago) link

“Lost Decade,” the title track, is my sole keeper from this record, and it isn’t close to my favorites of theirs overall

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

Just surprising then that there wasn't a discussion. Though I remember seeing a disappointed comment somewhere that isn't here. Still!

Evan, Friday, 20 January 2023 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

“Principles” still completely blows me away. Do people not care about that one for some reason?

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Friday, 20 January 2023 20:40 (two weeks ago) link

I hadn’t been aware of “Principles” somehow. It’s pretty good!

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 21 January 2023 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

“Principles” is great, though I do think they peaked early where with “Full Grown Man” and “What I’ve Lost”.

Tim F, Saturday, 21 January 2023 23:38 (two weeks ago) link


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