New York's Throne of Blood is fast becoming the go-to source for a particular sort of slinkily driving, butt-oriented club anthem. (Check out Harkin & Raney's "Workin' & Steamin'" and try NOT playing it in each of your next 100 DJ sets.) Populette, the duo of Maxime Pasquier (AKA Max Pask) and Andrew Potter, are among a handful of ToB lifers, and their latest finds them advancing the label's remit, striking a balance between downtown cool and big-room thrust.
Their two originals split the difference nicely. "Hello Darkness" is the slightly more menacing of the two, with a loping bassline taking dead-aim at your bottom with commendable diligence. The synth dissonance that kicks off "Lasers Are Forever" quickly gives way to a breezy but zoned-in groove and summery chords; the titular zaps seem to exist only to remind us to stay in the club, lest we consider fleeing for the beach. Both mixes emphasize an epic quality that seemed to lie dormant in the originals. Clement Meyer's "Deformhaus" rendition of "Hello Darkness" obscures the original's relative straightforwardness, while Remain + Mlle Caro's "Lasers" remix ups the ambience and throws a little extra disco into the beat.
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Tracklist: Populette - Lasers Are Forever EP 01. Lasers Are Forever
02. Hello Darkness (Clement Meyer Deformhaus Remix)
03. Hello Darkness
04. Lasers Are Forever (Remain & Mlle Caro Remix)