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Last year was a productive one for Coup Sauvage & The Snips. “We spent most of 2014 focusing on playing shows, writing new music, and reaching new heights of fierceness,” the band’s members write in an email. One thing they didn’t do much of? Record music.
The band made a New Year’s resolution to release new material, and it’s getting an early start with a remix EP, Psalms from Ward 9, which drops via digital download today.
Ward 9, a nickname for Prince George’s County (so called for its fast-rising population of District expats), is where the band claims its “spiritual home”—-two of the Coup Sauvage’s six members live there, and it’s where they all gather to practice and record their work. “The title calls attention to the fact that this is a place where so many people go once they’ve been pushed out of the city, or just where so many people are pushed to the margins,” the band writes.
One of the EP’s standout tracks is a remix of “(Don’t Touch My) Hair,” which the band released last year on its debut 7-inch. The new beats come courtesy of JD Samson (of Le Tigre and MEN), who got down with Coup Sauvage when they shared billing at Comet Ping Pong and New York City’s Cake Shop last year. “There were a lot of parallels between what she was doing and our music,” the Sauvages write. “We both like to pair our dance music with critical theory; we both make dance music that’s informed by all of these other weird influences.”
Samson upped the track’s gusto with a thudding kick-beat and an extra dash of reverb, trading a laidback guitar line for synthy squeals and a few rototoms. The mid-tempo song about casual racism and the fetishization of Black hair is now a club-ready disco-house anthem.
Psalms also includes a version of “Sneaks,” the A-side of last year’s 7-inch, remixed by band beatmaker Maegan Sauvage. There’s also two takes on a brand-new track, “Requiem for a Mountaintop,” a response to the killing of Mike Brown and anti-racist protests in Ferguson, Mo.
Coup Sauvage & The Snips play the Black Cat Backstage with Gauzy (featuring ex-members of Tayisha Busay) and Hemlines this Saturday, Feb. 21. Stream Arts Desk’s premiere of Samson’s “Hair” remix after the jump.
Photo by Shauna Alexander