Toxiq is a French electro pop act featuring two longtime friends: Les Matchboxx‘s Claire Deligny and Yul, a producer who specializes in a subtle yet percussive sound. Their collaborative project together draws from their 20+ year friendship and the years they’ve spent dancing, eating and crying together. Because of the pandemic, the project’s earliest batches of material were written and recorded at a distance — both physical and temporal.
Résiste Records released the duo’s debut EP Dans la bouche earlier this month. The EP features their critically applauded single “Drogue sure drogue douce” and their club-banging, synth-driven cover of Bernard Lavillers‘ 1983 hit “Idées Noires” with Catherine Ringer.
The EP’s latest single, title track “Dans la bouche,” pairs Deligny’s sultry cooing with a sleek and percussive production featuring skittering, tweeter and woofer rattling beats, a wobbling yet propulsive bass synth line and the duo’s unerring knack for an infectious hook. The end result — to my ears, at least — is a song that sort of sounds like sensual and slick synthesis of Munich Machine and Yelle.