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Duck Sauce “Duck Droppings” – EP Review

Fool's Gold (2014)

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.

About the Author


Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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