If you remember Lovewhip as the embarrassingly decent funk/juju band from a couple years ago, it’s time to take another look. After getting kidnapped and reprogrammed by the city’s foremost basement-party hipsters, frontwoman Erin Harpe has been reborn as a soulful electro-rock diva, and on the band’s new EP, Virtual Booty Machine, club remixes outnumber studio tracks 7-4. With Cassette’s MicL Potvin and Plunge into Death’s Mark E. Moon adding off-the-meathook reggaeton smash and Casio-beat dance punk and vocodered come-ons, it’s Stefani-esque certified potassium.
That’s the official Phoenix-print blurb for tonight’s EP release show at the Milky Way with U.V. Protection and Campaign for Real Time. Funny thing: an on-the-road debacle helped complete Lovewhip's aforementioned transmogrification from juju bees into an bug-zapping, alarm-braying electrofunk beach party. During their recent two-and-half week Southern tour, not only did keyboard/programmer micL Ptvn hit a deer with the van (ouch!), Lovewhip last saw their drummer in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Seriously: their resident skin-beater apparently suffered a nasty “mental breakdown,” which led to the tour van leaving him in a vast gravel wasteland of shopping carts and screaming kids--and his drum set, no less. Poor dude.
Then again, poor Lovewhip: the remaining three members still had seven shows left to go. Fortunately, MicL Potvin saved the day with his heroic electronic steez, pulling out his laptop and programming computerized boom-baps for more than a day. “Me being me, I wouldn’t let the tour end," said Potvin recently at the Middle East. "I sat down at the drum machine and programmed out all the beats meticulously. We’d been playing two 75 minutes sets. So in total, I spend 30 hours programming beats on the road.” Mixmaster Mic thinks this was probably a good thing. “I think it’s awesome, a new era of creativity.”
Check the kid’s remix skills with a hot-shit OTD MP3 exclusive:Lovewhip, “Bombay Booty Machine (MicL Ptvn remix)"