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!!!’s Soulful, Funky ‘One Girl/One Boy’ Is 2 Legit 2 Quit

!!!, chk chk chk, 'Thr!!!er'

Nic Offer made it clear in a recent SPIN interview that !!! want, if nothing else, to keep progressing with upcoming album Thr!!!er, out April 30 on Warp. The Sacramento-spawned band already pointed toward one new direction with “Slyd,” which moved from the band’s disco-punk roots toward sample-foregrounding ’90s house. Now !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) have shared another track from the record, “One Girl/One Boy,” which contains a wonderful surprise: According to a press release, producer Jim Eno of Spoon recommended backing vocalist Sonia Moore for the song’s house diva role, and she confirmed to the band that she’s the “hey hey” singer from MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit.” Her brassy pipes are striking for more than nostalgic reasons, and the sultry party-funk of “One Girl/One Boy” once again underlines !!!’s ability to evolve — and stay reckless — without regurgitating “Me and Guiliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)” or “Heart of Hearts” for the rest of their lives. Maybe it’s “Thr!!!er” like, those songs are a “thrill,” but these are “thriller”?