Monsieur Job drop new single


Few career launching singles pack as much potential into a relatively condensed space as we hear on Monsieur Jobs’ “Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow”. This Spanish-language track cuts across any barriers thanks to Martin Citron’s evocative and wide-reaching singing performance alongside a fully fleshed out effort from the band’s core quartet. While the project is the brainchild of Basswalk Latino label chief Jose Fernando Holguin, the songwriting duties are handled by two band members, Stan Kolev and Toby Holguin. The tandem crafts an extraordinarily rich musical experience despite a short three and a half minute running time and even the reality of this performance being a radio-ready edit of a longer track doesn’t mean the cutting wasn’t handled artlessly. Far from it. The radio edit of “Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow” comes across as a pop song with musical depth and powerful entertainment potential.

The potential comes leaping to the fore from a musical arrangement, in the song’s radio edit version, that shows unusual musical depth for such an entertaining entry in the genre. The depth comes from the song’s Latin influences and the imaginative tempos Monsieur Job explores on this release are culled directly from a long tradition in Caribbean/South American music. It never feels like an affectation intended to garner sales. Monsieur Job, by more than mere virtue of their country of birth, earn their way with this music thanks to a natural facility with the form rather than empty virtuosity. The song’s remix, courtesy of member Stan Kolev, takes a much different approach to the arrangement. Kolev’s re-envisioning of the song transforms it into a straighter EDM/electronica number than we experience with the radio edit and the lean, economical focus of the remix has even more physicality while running just a little longer.

The vocal, likewise, gets a much different treatment in the remix than we are exposed to in the radio edit. Citron’s voice is recast more a percussive than melodic instrument and makes for a striking contrast with the electronic pulse powering the song forward; it’s a near dialogue in the language of rhythm. “Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow” has a much different vocal – Citron gives a show-stopper vocal whose powerful musicality brings further warmth to a musical arrangement already throbbing with life and vitality. He navigates his way through the Spanish language lyrical content with a smooth delivery that, nonetheless, exudes genuine feeling and investment in the performance. Monsieur Job and Citron work exceptionally well together and the results they achieve with “Chow Chow eyyy Pow Pow” will elicit a lot of commercial and critical attention that they deserve. It’s an auspicious debut for an act we can rely on to be on the scene for many years to come. The cross-cultural melting pot producing this song marks it as unusual on the scene, but its sheer talent, in the end, that carries the day here.


Scott Wigley