All manner of genre tags have been applied to Chromeo over the course of their 16 years together, with electro, disco and synth pop all among them. In actual fact, though, you don’t need to look much further than their Twitter handle to know where the Montreal duo’s musical roots really lie; rather immodestly, they describe themselves as “FUNKLORDZ” and sure enough, beneath the pristine electronic surface, the influences at the beating heart of Chromeo’s musical blueprint have always been the James Browns, Chaka Khans and George Clintons of the world, rather than anybody more contemporary.
How must they have felt, then, to have seen the style enjoy such a mainstream resurgence in recent years? Between the re-emergence of Nile Rodgers and Chic (they’ll put out their first album in a quarter-century this year) and the likes of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” becoming global smashes, the audience is clearly there for Chromeo and for any number of their funk-inflected peers that the pair could see either as potential rivals or collaborators.
On this fifth LP, Head Over Heels, it’s the latter; continuing in the same vein as 2014’s White Women, Dave 1 and P-Thugg have opened up their creative process and enlisted outside help, and the result is genuine progression. By enlisting hip-hop up-and-comers like French Montana and Stefflon Don, they’ve inched towards R&B, but in a fashion that feels more like a nod to the Eighties than the present-day equivalent; see the irresistible opening one-two of “Must’ve Been” and “Don’t Sleep” for evidence.
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