Greatest Hits

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dOP, the Parisian trio of Clément, Dam, and JAW, have been on a tear since they burst upon the scene, riling up dancefloors with their strange, sexy, infectious brand of irreverently soulful house, and leaving writers scratching their heads at the same. Resident Advisor's Todd Burns came closest to getting it right when he credited them with "trying to reenergize house music with horns, roses, vodka and a whole lot of vocals." Greatest Hits does all that and more. The title is deliberately misleading: aside from the opening track, reprised from their first EP, this is all new material, and it's a deeper, more deviant dOP than you've ever heard before. The three musicians aren't just great showmen but also real musicians: before discovering house music, they played rock, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, classical, and African music, and they bring that wealth of knowledge to bear in their quest to turn dance music inside out. So while the record has plenty of slinky funk and dirty grind, it also explores far more diverse moods and grooves, from hot jazz to autumnal, orchestral folk. Some of the richness of Greatest Hits can be credited to Emmanuel d'Orlando, a French composer and arranger known for his work in theater, soundtracks, and with artists like Sebastian Tellier. His arrangements, performed by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, lend much of the album the darkly cinematic feel of a Sofia Coppola film. Down in their basement studio, the three musicians used virtually every instrument they own -- horns, pianino, Chinese flute, harmonica, melodica, cajon, gongs, cuica, analog synthesizers, acoustic drum kit -- and many of their friends stopped by to contribute. Parisian minimal techno producer Seuil mans the computer on one track, and Guillaume Coutu Dumont sits in on balafon. Greatest Hits is definitely not just club music -- it's a snapshot of the dizziest years of these talented miscreants' lives, festooned with horns, roses, vodka, and a whole lot of soul. Cover art by Tom & Léo and Myqua.