It is hardly any wonder that each release bearing the “Louis The Child” moniker embodies a youthful spirit that will never age, given both members’ keen ear for whimsical and timeless productions. A credit to ceaseless experimentation ever since their step onto the dance music playing field, Louis The Child consistently tee up productions defined by anecdotal lyrics that envision common experience through a playful lens, idiosyncratic arrangements, and some of the punchiest synth work to circulate in the current electronic context. It is Louis The Child’s sonically unpredictable personality that instills excitement in listeners of the Chicago based DJ duo with each successive release. Hot on the heels of Louis The Child’s new EP, Kids At Play, Dancing Astronaut throws it back to five of Louis The Child’s most novel cuts, in homage to their ongoing North American tour.
“The City” sees the producers convene with Quinn XCII for a wonky, beat driven single off of the then unreleased Kids At Play. The futuristic sounding, mid tempo shaker marries Quinn XCII’s vocal to glitchy electronic elements to create a carefree atmosphere well-suited for strolls in a city of the streamer’s choosing.
“Right To It (with Ashe)”
Louis The Child capture the spirit of ‘Sunday Funday’ in a neat near three-minutes of playtime on “Right To It.” An early instantiation of Louis The Child’s manipulation of classic pop sound into attention grabbing reconstructions, the track lays Ashe‘s flirtatious vocal atop steely synths that undulate. “Right To It” tells a lyrical narrative of kickin’ it into oblivion, with “some vodka with some OJ,” of course.
“Phone Died (feat. blaise railey)
Louis The Child take a satirical sonic stab at modern day cell phone saturation in “Phone Died,” an electronic/hip-hop amalgamation that pairs chorus sang background parts with a stuttering background beat evocative of hip hop style. Blaise railey comes through with a raspy vocal overlay, proving to be the song’s key “no charge superstar.”
Louis The Child chop up “Go’s” vocal, and simultaneously play with sonic effect on the single, by fading the song’s vocal in and out at certain junctures. The indie-electronically tinged track is the host of what is perhaps one of Louis The Child’s most experimental drops.
“Shake Something (feat. Joey Purp)”
It’s a Chicago creative affair on “Shake Something,” a gritty, hip-hop inflected number that joins Windy City rapper, Joey Purp, with Louis The Child. While Louis The Child frequently invoke traces of hip-hop beat arrangements in their productions, “Shake Something” is grounded firmly in hip-hop influence, rather than in fragmentations. Purp’s laidback flow contrasts with the comparatively more forceful body of the song’s metallic drops.
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Louis The Child are currently in the midst of their North American fall 2018 tour. Listeners can find a complete list of tour stops, and tickets to each date, here.