In case you're not already a fan of The Jane Doze, a.k.a. Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel, we're going to start this by mentioning Katy Perry and Britney Spears have both given the mashup/DJ duo their personal co-signs. And now that that's out of the way, you've got to check out the girls' first original track "Lights Go Down," featuring newcoming singer-songwriter Curtains.
The admirable debut opens with soft piano centered around Curtains's intimate vocal approach, before fluttery electronica embellishments lead the track to its first beat drop and subsequent dance breakdown, which is reminiscent of Avicii's work. Like the best dance tracks, there's a delicate balance of unfiltered elation and melancholy, as Curtains delivers lines like, "Life leaves a stain on you / And even though it's fucked up / Don't you ever try to rinse it out."
There's definite room for improvement (the melody is kept a little too simple with Curtains' vocal line barely straying from the song's piano chords), but we can't hate on the misfires of a first single too hard.
After crafting clever mashups (Katy Perry loved their mix of "Last Friday Night" with Rebecca Black's "Friday") and insane remixes (they were enlisted to rework Britney Spears' "Work Bitch," which appeared on the Japanese deluxe edition of the superstar's Britney Jean album) for half a decade, it's awesome to see The Doze doing something all on their own. And as one of the few female acts in EDM, we're rooting for them to craft even bigger bangers and show the boys who's boss. A look at the Ultra 2015 lineup proves just how badly we need some ladies to slay.