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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Signal to Noise: Benoit & Sergio Pick Five Influential Songs

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

click to enlarge KIERAN BEHAN
  • Kieran Behan

There really isn't anybody else like Benoit & Sergio. Based out of Washington D.C. and Berlin, the duo has spent the past couple years supplying dancefloors with strange athems that combine '80s pop appeal with slick tech-house aesthetics, leading some publications to describe them as Ricardo Villalobos meets Paul Simon. However you want to think about their music, there's no denying their presence in today's club culture. And now, they're back with "New Ships," their latest single, and on their way to Public Works to headline the 18th Annual Halloween Freaker's Ball this Friday. We caught up with them and asked if they'd point us to five records that helped to inspire their unique sound.

"It's hard to talk about what our sound is, since it is all over the place -- all-you-can-eat buffet-style. It's somewhat easier to talk about what inspired our sound, though. A track like our recent "New Ships," for example, seems to come from a few different places, some French house here, some rollicking '70s rock there. Some things that inspired the sound of this track are:"

5. "The Passenger," by Iggy Pop

"The bouncy, heroic bass, but then also the ultra spare, simple, repetitive, and existential lyrics. There's this performance of "The Passenger" in Manchester, where Iggy Pop has to be carried onstage. He looks utterly deranged and mesmerizing."

4. "Chrystal City," by Alan Braxe and Fred Faulke

"This track has that up-bounce energy we tend to admire. It's hard to capture that kind of energy without becoming cheesy. Being dark is much easier than being light."

3. "Still Crazy After All These Years," by Paul Simon

"When we first started putting out tracks a few years ago, many people heard echoes of Paul Simon in the timbre and style of the vocals. Some people called it Paul Simon techno, which was meant as a positive thing, at least to us. The first line of the track is one of the best ever written in pop."

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