Four years after famously combining a Boney M anthem with a shout-out to Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn-based superduo Duck Sauce, aka DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, have yet to drop their much-anticipated debut album, Quack. But perhaps aware that their fans will soon start to look for their fix of classic disco-funk elsewhere, the Brooklyn-based pair are now giving away their second EP, Duck Droppings, entirely for free. (See below.)
Featuring four “DJ-friendly, webbed for pleasure” tracks, all of which first appeared on their 60-minute Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 last October, the follow-up to 2010’s optimistically-titled Greatest Hits EP suggests that the wait might actually be worth it.
Opener “Party In Me” is a glorious glitterball of filtered house synths, sweeping strings and fluttering flutes which recaptures the old-school New York disco vibes of the duo’s debut single, “aNYway.” First recorded by Hot Chocolate, later taken to the top of the US charts by Stories and more recently used as the theme tune to Louis C.K.’s cult hit show, the Blaxploitation-style funk of “Brother Louie” is given a vibrant big-beat makeover. Additionally, the utterly infectious “Calamari (Put The Sauce On It)” blends Spaghetti Western guitars with pulsing four-to-the-floor rhythms to produce the kind of novelty number that could possibly inspire the next worldwide dance craze.
Like their mischievous tribute to the Funny Girl star, which despite its Grammy nomination and worldwide chart success was little more than a note-for-note cover of Boney M’s “Gotta Go Home,” Duck Sauce also get a little lazy on this EP, with their reworking of La Flavour’s 1979 disco hi, “Mandolay,” virtually indistinguishable from the original.
But while Duck Droppings doesn’t exactly reinvent the nu-disco wheel, it’s a hugely enjoyable affair which whets the appetite for Duck Sauce’s long-player, should it ever see the light of day.
You can stream the EP below, or go to Duck Sauce’s Soundcloud page to download the tracks individually.
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