Do people even watch television anymore? Remember DVR? That was the shit honestly. But now you can watch anything and everything on the internet, and most of the time I just watch something that I missed either on YouTube or on the channel's app. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Ever since I've lived on my own I haven't had cable so I don't watch television. Netflix and NBA League Pass is pretty much my comfort zone. But when I did have DVR when I lived with my parents, I used to record Conan O'brien. Mostly just for his jokes at the beginning and the musical performances at the end of the show. This next group is one that I first witnessed drop some major funk back in 2011.
May 12, 2014
Now this album here isn't the one that originally got me hooked on Chromeo, but it is my favorite one out of all the work they've put out over the years. And with a new album in the works, I thought it was the perfect time to give these guys their props. So this is the second time in three weeks that I've done a #MusicMondays on a Canadian duo, I promise this wasn't planned. If I do have any Canadian readers, I love y'all, please share some more of your music with me! Anyway, these homies are the closest thing that come to Funk music since the 1970's. Their use of synthesizers and the Zapp & Roger type of vocals got me hooked on their music real quick.
"Dave 1" and "P-Thugg" have been making their disco inspired sounds since 2002, that's hella long ago. This year is their Sweet16 in the music business and it doesn't seem like they're in any rush to slow down. When this album dropped, they were 12 years in, with a following that some would call cult-like. Their throwback sound has not only helped them maintain a longstanding success, but has inspired others to continue to create a sound they love, even if it is outdated like cable television. When I saw these guys in concert, I can honestly say it was like nothing I had ever seen before. It literally looked like something from the 1980's, with fog, lasers, leather jackets, and crazy hairstyles dominating the stage.
Without getting too deep into who these guys are, I'll give you a little insight to the album and let you judge it for yourself. It's really hard to put into words what their music sounds like. It's like when your parents would watch that movie Dirty Dancing, and you really didn't get what was going on but all you remember was the music playing. I can totally see Jennifer Grey dancing to Chromeo. I know most of you have no idea what I'm talking about, but look her up she was totally hot.
My favorite thing about this album is that you can listen to it no matter what mood you're in. You feel like you don't know where you're going in life, listen to "Lost on The Way Home feat. Solange" and just enjoy the time you have with the people in your life. You're going through a heartbreak, listen to "Jealous" and let these guys help you shrug those assholes off. You're in the mood to just dance and have a good time, slap "Sexy Socialite" and dance like my boy Roy Purdy. These guys aren't typically what you're used to hearing or it probably isn't the sound you prefer, but put this album on when you're cleaning your house and tell me you don't get that shit done faster than Derek Fisher can get a shot off... Wow I lost you again huh, ok just YouTube "Derek Fisher 0.4" you'll see what I mean.
Here's that video of the homies on Conan circa 2011
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.