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It’s not officially out till February, but Benoit & Sergio‘s latest 12-inch EP, Bridge So Far, has hit the Internet. The two-songer is the D.C./Berlin duo’s first release for the Hot Creations label, and it’s typical Benoit & Sergio through and through: “Bridge So Far” is a subdued slow burner; the flip, “$100 Dollar Bill,” draws its strength from a hot disco slap. Neither tune is technically new, of course; Benoit & Sergio have been playing them out for months.
But while this EP flashes all the signature elements of a Benoit & Sergio release—-airy vocals, beach-bum atmospherics, that warm house bounce—-it lacks the humor or excitement of the pair’s previous stuff. October’s New Ships yielded some obvious jams (and who could forget 2011’s refrain of the year, “My Baby Does K All Day“) but these ones take a few more listens to stick.
Hear “Bridge So Far” and “$100 Dollar Bill” after the jump. When you’re done with that, listen to their elegant remix of Matthew Dear‘s “Fighting is Futile,” also below. They take a hot iron to the original, thoroughly taming almost all of Dear’s wild instincts.[audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2013/01/01-Bridge-So-Far.mp3|titles=Benoit & Sergio Bridge So Far] [audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2013/01/02-100-BILL.mp3|titles=Benoit & Sergio $100 Dollar Bill]