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ALBUM: Chromeo ‘Business Casual’ (Atlantic)

Jokingly self described as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture”, Chromeo have maintained the consistency of featuring a talkbox in possibly every song recorded. On that alone you just know they’re destined for greatness. Popping onto the music radar in 2004 with their debut album ‘She’s In Control’, it wasn’t until three years later with the release of ‘Fancy Footwork’ – especially the catching club track ‘Needy Girl’, that the band gushed into the mainstream. With the release of their third installment ‘Business Casual’, the reminiscent-of-the-Eighties flashback tunes just keep on coming, this time with Cassius member and Pheonix producer Philip Zdar behind the mixing desk. What we can only describe as orchestrated funk with a homage to Eighties synthesisers, the album sees a return of the smooth almost boyband-esque vocals juxtaposed with the robotic serenading of the aforementioned talk box, this time a tad more melodic. The album will definitely be moving crowds and played on repeat this summer, especially the zippy tune ‘Don’t Turn The Light On’ and ‘When The Night Falls’ which features the sultry vocals of Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s baby sister).

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