This Week in House Music: Benoit & Sergio, Heidy P & CeCe Peniston
Photo: FourFour Records
I am writing this from what I'm pretty sure is the only cold city in the world right now, foggy San Francisco. I'm wearing long sleeves…what is this? Grey, cold weather always makes me feel lazy and emo, but maybe it's time for me to put on RENAISSANCE and dance my ass off to warm up. For now, I'm grooving to our best new house track, the moody, vibey melodic gem from Benoit & Sergio. I love emotive electronic tracks like this. This week, you'll also get an energetic, booty bouncing mix from Heidy P., and CeCe Peniston's euphoric debut single and '90s house classic.
Best New Track: Benoit & Sergio – Lost Decade [FourFour Records, Aug. 19]
It had been five years since we heard anything from French and American electronic duo Benoit & Sergio, until they dropped the synthy, smoky "Even Viridian" in June. The single came with the announcement of their upcoming debut album, Lost Decade, due out August 26 on Jonathan Galkin's FourFour Records (Galkin co-founded DFA Records with James Murphy).
Now, they've dropped the title track, four minutes of moody, dreamy house bliss.
Best New Mix: Heidy P. @ The Lot Radio 08 - 17 - 2022
I'll be real with you. I almost chose another mix this week, but saw Heidy P.'s electric green hair (I currently have green and blue hair) and decided to check out her latest Lot Radio mix. I am so glad I did! The Brooklyn-based, Montreal-born DJ served up an hour of energetic, booty-shaking bops. Her track IDs included Mystikal mixed with Ludacris, Brain M's "I Wanna Get High," La Rissa's bi anthem "I Do Both Jay and Jane," Ralphi Rosario's "You Used To Hold Me," and "Mary Mary (Craig Loftis Mix)" from Grand High Priest.
Best Classic Track: CeCe Peniston – Finally (12" Choice Mix) [1991, A&M]
New York DJ/producer David Morales was tapped to remix the international dance and pop chart-topping hit, known as the "Choice Mix," which comes in a four-minute single version and a seven-minute 12-inch version. The Choice Mix hit No. 2 on the UK Singles chart and got placement on many early-90s dance music compilation albums. The upbeat piano in Morales' remix was supposedly inspired by the joyful keys in 1987 house classic "Someday" by CeCe Rogers. The original version of the track is a house gem in itself, but the 12" Choice Mix adds an extra dose of classic house and extends it for the dance floor—perfection.