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French duo The Shoes
release their debut five-track EP Stay The Same
which bizarrely is mainly made up of remixes of the single of the same name. This particular release is the precursor to their debut album which will be released sometime in 2011. However, if this EP was meant to be a taster of whatâs to come, listeners can expect mainstream dance-pop sure to be all over the radio for months but perhaps without huge amounts of musical talent on show. Think a Gallic version of Calvin Harris
and you wonât be far off.
Itâs not that itâs necessarily a bad record. âStay The Sameâ the single is a decent enough track, a funky little number that is wholeheartedly intended for the dancefloors of Europeâs big clubs. B-side âCover Your Eyesâ is pretty much the same â nothing mind-blowing but then again nothing offensive either. The problem lies with the fact that the three remixed versions of the âStay The Sameâ are infinitely better produced, more listenable and likely to make more of an impact than the original. Particularly outstanding is the Harvard Bass Remix
, a fine example of how minimal house music doesnât have to be just mechanical bleeps for people who have overindulged in illegal substances, to put things diplomatically. Harvardâs remix keeps the natural rhythm of the song but also expertly adds all the best aspects of house music, such as its euphoric nature to create something that makes quite the impact and you find yourself repetitively listening to over and over again. Similarly, the impossibly funky remix by the very cool Etienne De Crecy
is bound to get even the most pessimistic person up and dancing and is another shining example of how to properly remix and transform a track.
Itâs almost ironic really that such a talented duo who have produced and remixed so reputably for many years have been out-produced and out-remixed on their own EP. To come to a fairly unsatisfactory and odd conclusion, Stay The Same
contains some incredibly good songs, but not necessarily because of the efforts of The Shoes.