Performing Arts - Music | June 15 | 5 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
World leaders, powerful CEOs, and other fat cats could learn a lesson or two from electrofunk duo Chromeo, namely: know thyself, know thy vibe, and stay thy course. The rest of the population will catch up. Indeed, Chromeo is really good at being, well, Chromeo. The mission, the package, the vision its been a straight shot of pure intentionality from the jump. Funk a game plan, Montreal natives Dave 1 and P-Thugg had a ten-year battle strategy: from cult 80s fetishists on 2004s Shes In Control to indie blog darlings on 2007s Fancy Footwork, to international touring sensations on 2010s Business Casual, to bona fide pop stars on 2014s White Women.
And guess what? Pee (still looking a smooth criminal in a Coogi) and Dave (ever the Semitic/Gallic heartthrob in tight pants) are back. Early 2018 will mark the release of the Funklordz fifth studio LP: Head Over Heels. The album not only elevates Chromeos blueprint of ass-targeting beats, melodic honey and clever lyrics about the foibles of contemporary love it augments it with unprecedented conceptual cohesion, booming sonics and more collaborations than ever before. Session legends such as Pino Palladino and Jesse Johnson (The Time, DAngelo) coexist alongside the likes of DRAM and The-Dream on this intricate and ambitious ode to funk music, orchestrated by modern day masters of the genre.
Consider the first single Juice, a hilarious paean to female power set to a buoyant California bop: its Chromeo at its biggest and baddest.