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Funny, isn’t it, that the town that birthed straight edge gave way to “My baby does K all day,” the hooky refrain from Benoit & Sergio’s 2011 single “Walk and Talk?” That year, the D.C. duo produced one of house music’s most finespun earworms. This year, Benoit & Sergio topped it with its three-song EP New Ships. Still understated—this stuff wouldn’t hold up in an arena—New Ships drove home what makes Benoit & Sergio’s releases so easy to enjoy: nothing. That is to say, members Benjamin Myers and Benoit Simon know when to leave a track alone. In an electronic-music world that seems more drawn to the brostep flame each day, Benoit & Sergio remind us of the subtle power of the velvet glove.