Chromeo & Lifelike; together again

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Lifelike’s reMix of Chromeo’s ‘Needy Girl’ was one of the musical highlights of 2008, now the meeting of minds is happening once more with Lifelike’s new reMix of Chromeo’s forthcoming ‘when The Night Falls’ single.

Featuring Solange of the Knowles clan, ‘When The Night Falls’ will be the last single from Chromeo’s amazing ‘Business Casual’ album. Lifelike add a nice sheen of Frenchness to the track with his trademark digital bass and a solid understanding of the Disco dancefloor. It’s the little touches, stabs and sound effects that really make this reMix a bit rad, keeping things energetic and bombastic.

♫ Chromeo (Feat. Solange) – When The Night Falls (Lifelike reMix)

Chromeo’s ‘When The Night Falls’ single is due to drop 25th July.

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Chromeo & Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules And Love Affair are next up to reMix Chromeo’s next single, ‘When The Night Falls’.

Focusing on vintage synths, B-Boy Electro & House beats and Solange Knowles vocals H&LA’s reMix provides a nice contract to the funkin’ original and the super funkin’ Breakbot reMix. There’s even an element of Chiptune as the track progresses. If you are at all a fan of Chromeo and electronic music you’re going to love this. It’s a bit of a synth geek track, but in a way with groove.

Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Hercules And Love Affair reMix)

Chromeo’s ‘When The Night Falls’ single is due to drop 25th July.

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Chromeo & Breakbot

The next single from Chromeo’s latest LP, ‘Business Casual’ is going to be smooth-as-hell ‘When The Night Falls’, with a sweet reMix line up.

Alongside Lifelike and Hercules And Love Affair, will stand this low down Funk version of the track from Breakbot. The Frenchman does a stellar job with his track, bringing some classy Moog Funk to the table and smoothing over an already smoothest-of-the-smooth track. Do you know how smooth that makes it? I don’t even know if you’re ready for this level of smooth. Listen with caution!

Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Breakbot reMix)

Chromeo’s ‘When The Night Falls’ single is due to drop 25th July.

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Mjolnir reMix Chromeo

Striking while the iron is hot, the guys from Jakarta, Mjolnir, are keeping their momentum going with this reMix of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’.

Smooth and funky as hell, Mjolnir revel in the vocoder Funk and turn the Disco up to 11 with the most head nod inducing walking bassline and chilled chords. If the Ride The Universe reMix is your peaking version of ‘Hot Mess’ then Mjolnir’s reMix is a blissful comedown.

Chromeo – Hot Mess (Mjolnir Tropicool reMix)

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Ride The Universe’s reMix of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’

Y’all can stop making reMixes of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ now! Ride The Universe  are in the house!

This is what Chromeo mixes should sound like. Like someone drove a dump truck full of synth Funk up to your house and deposited it’s cargo on your doorstep. Just listen to that talkbox riff, pure, addictive, genius! This track’s got everything you want to get the party started. Driving arpeggios to keep the energy up, the aforementioned talkbox riff, sweet 80’s chords and a wailing guitar to keep you inspired (take the Chromeo vocal track off the mix and it would make a very cool training montage track!). It feels like digitalfoxglove and the Fiero boys have really found their sound now and are really to step up to the plate and pate their place amongst the big hitters of Disco (was that two Baseball metaphors in one sentence? I’m English, I don’t even know what Baseball is!), melding 80’s soundtrack epicness with solid Disco grooves RTU are gonna’ be a force to be reckoned with. Like a sexy 80’s cop show theme with aspirations of tearing up the dancefloor this track this tune has something for everyone.

Chromeo – Hot Mess (Ride The Universe reMix)

Now that track is going to rock your summer!

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Chromeo reMixed by Sonic Soul

To say the world was inundated with reMixes of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ right now would be an understatement, so standing out it quite a job!

Sonic Soul are up for that challenge. Their reMix of ‘Hot Mess’ has more Funk than a dump truck full of Funk driving up to Bootsy Collins house and dumped in his driveway. The duo of Andrew Napoleon and Leon Watson from the North East UK put the whole package into their reMix, a nice build, some awesome layered 80’s synth Funk with some real smooth riffs and our beloved electro toms, all of this working seamlessly with Dave 1’s vocals. They’ve added a sweet call-and-response vocoded finale too.

♫ Chromeo – Hot Mess (Sonic Soul reMix)

Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ is out now.

Chromeo @ Beatport

Chromeo @ Juno

Chromeo @ 7Digital

Chromeo @ Amazon

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Chromeo will drive you home…

Read this first!

A couple of days got I got this phone, a Nokia N8, in the post.

I was gonna’ tell you all about it and my speculation tomorrow (I’ve already done lot of posting today) but Chromeo have just confirmed my suspicions on Twitter, so, well, the cat’s out of the bag.

The phone, besides featuring a lovely Chromeo wallpaper, was pre loaded with Chromeo’s new voicepack for Nokia’s Own Voice SatNav app. That’s right, the 55 tiny songs on ‘Drive Time’ are actually SatNav directions. Chromeo can drive you home!

With Nokia’s Own Voice system for their Ovi Maps SatNav you can record you own directional commands, or just let Chromeo funk you to your destination.

But it’s not as simple as that, the songs/directions themselves are crafted in such a way that whatever your route they make up a complete piece of music, if you see what I mean. Tracks like “Turn Left” and “Destination” flow together on your journey into directions and music. I know, it sounds ridiculous, and feels pretty ridiculous to type, but I still stand by my original comment that these songs/directions are actually really good! If they were to release an album I would buy it!

Which they’re not…and that makes me feel all the more privileged to own one of these:

Check out the whole version of the ‘documentary’, including the SatNav directions in action. I can’t wait to try out the phone on the road!

Regardless of whether the album will, or does, exist, even if this is just a piece of marketing for a SatNav system that lets you record your own directions, it’s genius. For a start, musically, Chromeo have done an amazing (and, I can imagine tough) job on these ‘songs’ and the concept and they way Nokia have presented it has been clever too. Most people I know have been guessing all week. Am I disappointed that Chromeo aren’t making the worlds smallest record? A little, but not much, this week we’ve been kinda’ fun, tiny records an all.

Own Voice sounds like a cool little system too, one you could get really creative with, movie samples, vocoding, you could really make trips up north a bit more fun. And if you did it in your own voice when it led you astray (as Sat Navs are wont to do) then you’d have no-one to blame but yourself!

Of Course, if you REALLY want those tunes, and you are the owner of a Nokia N8, you can download Chromeo’s Own Voice directions, or ‘Drive Time’ in our little world, for free at nokiaownvoice/chromeo.

Chromeo @ Beatport

Chromeo @ Juno

Chromeo @ 7Digital

Chromeo @ Amazon

Disclaimer (‘cos I know Americans get pissy about it): Yes, I was given a Nokia N8, preloaded with Chromeo’s Own Voice sound pack, before writing this post. It’s OK, but it’s not like it’s going to replace my HTC Desire HD, I’m an Android kinda’ guy. Badass camera on the N8 though and a  nice collectors item too.

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Chromeo’s ‘Drive Time’…the smallest record ever made!

This week we received, in the post, a copy of ‘Drive Time’, Chromeo’s new record.

And it’s a new record in more ways than one.

First, it is a record. I know I call everything ‘a record’, but that’s just ‘cos I’m old, ‘Drive Time’ is actually a vinyl release and secondly it is a new record in the sense that it has absolutely smashed any and all previous world record holders for the smallest record ever made!

Tiny!

That’s just the promo! The full album will clock in at just over three minutes and a mind boggling 55 tracks. With those kinds of numbers ‘Drive Time’ laughs in the face of the previous smallest record’s length. That of Cattle Decapitation’s ‘Human Jerky’, a yawn inducing 12m36s.

Also, for the first time the album sees Chromeo’s music taking on a political theme in the lead track, the thoughtfully titled ‘Turn Left’, albeit rolled up in their Electro-Disco-Pop-Funk.

Take a look at this video of the guys and legendary producer Dave Bascombe working on the project. Dave and P speak about their motives and inspiration.

So, what does it actually sound like?

Well, it’s good, short, but good. It’s amazing how in, sometimes as short a time as a few seconds (or the lead track, ‘Turn Left’s ONE SECOND!), each track is unmistakably Chromeo.

Each track could have quite easily been a joke. I have never heard the previous record holder but I presume it was some kind of Death Metal album and each track was just a brief noise, well with ’Drive Time’ each track has actually been written. Take ‘Follow’ for example, in it’s seven seconds, there is a distinct bass riff, vocal harmonies, a chord progression and a lead line. In seven seconds!

Have a (brief) listen.

♫ Chromeo – Turn Left

♫ Chromeo – Destination

♫ Chromeo – Follow

See what I mean, it actually sounds like Chromeo!

Chromeo @ Beatport

Chromeo @ Juno

Chromeo @ 7Digital

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Oliver

A month or so ago I completely missed out on posting a couple of tracks by Oliver, they just slipped though the net and I never got round to it. Which is a pity as they were on my mp3 player pretty heavily. This week they dropped a couple of new reMixes, that allows me the opportunity to make up for it.

The two Olivers in Oliver are Vaughn Oliver (U-Tern) and Oliver Goldstein (Oligee), awesome producers and reMixers in their own rights, who have teamed up to drop some funky Nu-Disco on the masses. Their first new tracks, ‘All Night’ and ‘Walk With Me’ , boast the most powerful of power 80’s synth chords atop some slammin’ Disco grooves. ‘All Night’, particularly, is like Filter House and Dreamwave wrestling naked in jelly while ‘Walk With Me’ is slightly more cinematic, in the sense that you can’t listen to it without imagining a bunch of kids dancing in the street in legwarmers.

Oliver – All Night

Oliver – Walk With Me

This week Oliver let loose two reMixes. The first, of  Dance-Pop act Black Cards’ new single ‘Dominoes’ is pure Robo-Disco, as if Kraftwerk made Nu-Disco while playing Nintendo and their truly epic reMix of Chromeo’s forthcoming ‘Hot Mess’ single, which is spine-tinglingly good and has a power riff that has to be heard to be believed.

Black Cards – Dominoes (Oliver reMix)

Chromeo –  Hot Mess (Oliver reMix)

You should head on over to Oliver’s Facebook page right now and show them some love by hitting the ‘Like’ button!

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Chromeo + La Roux + Duck Sauce = Party!

We posted a really shitty rip of the Duck Sauce reMix of Chromeo’s version of ‘Hot Mess’  featuring with Elly Jackson from La Roux a while back and while we don’t usually post tracks twice this tune really needs to be heard in it’s entirety.

Duck Sauce is, of course, Armand Van Helden and Chromeo’s Dave 1’s brother and nearly legendary producer A-Track and together they knock out a massive House reMix, I imagine you’ll be hearing this track a lot when it drops later this month.

Chromeo (Feat. Elly Jackson From La Roux) – Hot Mess (Duck Sauce reMix)

The ‘Hot Mess’ single is out 17th January and along with the original and the new duet features reMixes from the likes of Duck Sauce and Tiga.

Chromeo @ Beatport

Chromeo @ Juno

Chromeo @ 7Digital

Chromeo @ Amazon

La Roux @ Beatport

La Roux @ Juno

La Roux @ 7Digital

La Roux @ Amazon

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