Monsieur Job – Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow
“Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow” is one of the more impressive debut singles in recent memory and gets Monsieur Jobs’ musical career and discography off to a breathtaking start. They include a radio edit and remix with the release and, though this always isn’t the case, these alternate takes on the track highlight the song’s inherent worth. Penned by band mates Stan Kolev and Toby Holguin, it couples the disciplines of DJ and club music with a spicy Latin roll that never sounds overly stagy or unnatural. Kolev, as well, helmed the remix released with the single’s radio edit and obviously contributes much to the band’s blossoming creativity. The song is capped off by the featured vocal performance from No Mercy lead singer Martin Citron and he effortlessly blends in with the vivid arrangement and Kolev frames his voice with equally strong results in the remix version.
Kolev’s remix is much easier to classify than the radio edit. It’s a little longer, but there’s every bit of the same focus brought to the table with the remix that listeners will discover on the radio ready version. Kolev has fixed his attentions on crafting a stricter EDM influenced tune than what we get from the radio edit. Kolev has chopped up Cintron’s vocal in such a way that it almost becomes another percussive instrument in the mix while the radio edit features a much more traditional vocal. The radio version makes great use of the Latin influences likely running behind everything Monsieur Job turns their hands to, but Kolev bleeds every bit of that influence out of the remix and instead concentrates on a hard, thumping EDM beat that’s relentlessly rhythmic without dominating listeners. Kolev’s re-imagining of the tune breaks up the extra instrumentation we hear in the radio edit, while the guitar and other string sounds are given equal space to stretch out on the radio edit alongside the song’s impressive rhythm section attack.
Listeners preferring a straighter performance will, undoubtedly, prefer the radio edit and one cannot help but wonder while listening to it how long the full original version might be. The editing job on this performance is masterful and gives no hint of where the figurative scissors might have met the track. Instead, it sounds like it’s anything but an edit and, instead, unfolds for its audience in an inevitable and highly satisfying way. Citron’s singing in the radio edit is one of its indisputable high points – he virtually takes over the song without ever trying to thanks to the supremely attentive way he tailors his voice to the music and his sensitive, yet assertive, vocal phrasing. Monsieur Job has debuted with a single that’s sure to make an impact on anyone who gives it chance – it doesn’t matter if this style of music fails to fall in your wheelhouse. It has all the hallmarks of a solid song, even stripped of its bells and whistles, and you can hear that in both versions of the song.