At first glance, Danton Eeprom’s Hex Tape is a slick, slow-paced RnB-infused number with lashings of old-school synths and sexy tomboy vocals, not the sort of stuff you'd expect from the London-based French producer on a normal day.
So how did that happen exactly? It turns out Danton met glamorous vocalist Emma Darling during a NYE karaoke party gone wild; amidst the chaos they duetted on a Bowie song and formed Leave The Boy a soon as they recovered from the night, just for a bit fun. But the duo's novel take on vocal house and electro-inged pop quickly caught the eye of Fat Boy Slim's Southern Fried Records who released their 2012 debut Eerie Eerie to gain support from UK's well-known radio DJs like Crookers & Kissy Sell Out, all of it in a mere of 12 months of meeting each other.
This gave them the confidence to push the envelope further and try their hand at something even more garish and cheeky. The result: Hex Tape, a mock heavy-rotation US RnB number, through the prism of the duo's Londonesque tongue-i-cheek approach to "Top 10 charts" tunes. Darling’s frantic mishmash vocals are evocative of M.I.A, Azealia Banks or AlunaGeorge, while Danton sets the tone with a stutter-ridden 90s "East Coast" soundtrack that'd feel right at home on Dr.Dré classic "Da Chronic" album. Twerk-able, hummable, gimmicky, laughable or commendable, you decide.
What we've got here is the sound of two people having loads of fun on tape. Hex Tape originally appeared on Danton's If Looks Could Kill 2014, critically acclaimed by Mixmag, Noisey & Trax Magazine and many more.
Alongside the original track are three exclusive remixes plus a wildcard ‘synthpop’ edit of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl by Danton Eeprom himself. Paris clubs' favourite Timid Boy delivers a punchy ‘hardgroove’ remix that turns on the heat and takes us straight to Chicago. Up-and-coming LA producer Sisley Young brings in acid house elements and chords stabs left right and centre - think early Basement Jaxx with a 2014 twist. Xavier Leblanc from Minneapolis, USA concludes the line-up with a beats edit that could have been the work of Flume's mad twin brother, the one who grew up playing way too much video games as a kid, and probably still does to this day.
1 Hex Tape ft. Emma Darling (Original Mix)
2 Hex Tape (Timid Boy 'Hardgroove' remix)
3 Hex Tape (Sisley Young remix)
4 Hex Tape (Xavier Leblanc remix)
5 I Kissed A Girl (Synthpop Edit)