Monday, December 5, 2011
Chromeo Dress Business Casual
Oh those wacky Canadians they come from the land of ice and snow and if they're in a band, chances are they sound like Arcade Fire. That is everyone but Chromeo. They might be from the frigid Great White North, but they're too enraptured by the glorious funk of 1984 to even consider being an indie rock band and this is a very good thing.
Picking up where their last two albums left off, Chromeo waste no time in laying down the funk. From the second you hear the vocder frenzy begin, you know you are in for one freaky party. Business Casual is a devastating album of 80's influenced synth pop and funk that sounds something like a Cameo record morphed with Kraftwerk and then updated via the Daft Punk funky network. Business Casual is a non-stop party that would make Prince blush and give the ladies the vapors. This album is hot, sweaty, and all over the dance floor. It wants to dance, it's going to dance, and it's not going to stop until someone drags it off the floor and kicks it out of the club.
"Hot Mess," "Night By Night," "Don't Turn The Lights On," are all floor fillers. They've got more moves than Barry Sanders at his best. Put it this way, if they don't make you move in some way, shape, or form, then you probably are dead. While not quite as good as Fancy Footwork, Business Casual is still light years ahead of the pack. This is yet another solid genre defining album, and Chromeo don't seem in any hurry to slow down or tamper with their formula. They've cranked out three albums of non-stop party jams that sound as if their lives depended on them and have yet to fall flat, so why even consider a change? I can honestly say since the rise of electro, house, dubstep, etc etc Chromeo have consistently raised the bar and created songs and albums that are always ridiculously good.
Packed with singles, catchy melodies, sounds that seemed to have been harvested from the Moroder back catalog and digitized, Business Casual is more retro cool than is legally allowed in the lower 48 (and probably Canada as well). Chromeo have done it again and if there was ever any doubt that they could keep up their record for penning hits, that doubt can be put to rest. Business Casual is the kind of party record everyone needs in their collection, it's an instantaneous dance party that explodes out of the box and can't be stopped. Without a doubt one of my top 25 records of 2010 and Chromeo are easily one of my favorite bands on the planet right how...they're that good.