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Chromeo Biography

Crossing the Gaza Strip of Sexxx Jams Chromeo is Pee Thug and Dave 1: best friends since their Montreal adolescence, virtuoso musicians, walking hip hop encyclopedias, and the only successful Arab/Jew partnership since the dawn of human culture.

As Chromeo, they fuse their penchants for two sorely missed musical genres into a wholly new thing. Pee, the brown-skinned Quebecois street tough, brings analog synth basslines and drum machine wizardry à la Cameo and Prince. Dave, the Semitic bookworm (currently earning his Ph.D. in French Lit at Columbia), contributes melodic tales of urban romance that would make Phil Collins shed a tear. Together, their blend of rigorously catchy song structures, memorable hooks and twirling guitar solos conjures up images of a sophisticated, thugged-out Hall & Oates (except you don't secretly suspect that they make out).

Indeed, Chromeo's mission is to make slick-ass lover's funk with nary a trace of irony. That's right - no fucking irony. These guys are to Rockwell what Andrew WK is to Meatloaf. And don't call it easy retro, either. Dave 1 attests: 'Sure our sound is vintage and danceable. Sure all our songs talk about girls. But we're so passionate about it that it's not even funny anymore.' Chromeo's authenticity is only reinforced by the goldplated list of musicians who have already supported them. They were discovered in their hometown by Tiga,

who immediately signed them to his Turbo Recording

imprint, and have recently been remixed by Trevor

Jackson and the DFA.

Live, Chromeo is more fun than being forced to smoke crack at gunpoint by Rick James. When was the last time you saw a talkbox used so well? Or even at all? Peter Frampton? Says Pee: 'When people see me using the talkbox live they're always impressed. It's not a machine like you hear in that Cher song. Imagine taking a speaker and putting it in your mouth, and then forcing the sound to come back out. It truly is a skill.'

Chromeo's debut LP, She's In Control, is out now on Vice Records (US), Turbo Recordings (Canada), V2 (Europe), and Modular People (Australia). The duo is now taking their live incarnation on the road. All this time, Dave has only had one specific ambition in mind for Chromeo.'I want to write sincere love songs, like 'Cool It Now' by New Edition,' he says. 'That is one of my all-time favorite tracks in the universe.'

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The Latest Chromeo News

Chromeo Dj For World Aids Day

30th November 2012

Chromeo DJed for World AIDS Day in New York City last night (29.11.12).The electro-pop group played a set in...

Katy Perry Leads Vma Nominations

21st July 2011

Katy Perry leads the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), scoring nods in nine categories.The 26-year-old singer saw...

Chemical Brothers' 'mind-bending' Wireless Show

29th June 2011

Chemical Brothers have promised "mind-bending" visuals when they perform at Wireless Festival on Saturday (02.07.11). The dance duo will headline...

Morcheeba Ready For Noisiest Crowd

15th June 2011

Morcheeba think Britain has the "noisiest" festival crowds.The British band are set to perform on on the Undercover from Virgin...

Chromeo Scrap Gig

11th November 2010

Canadian dance stars CHROMEO have axed their Thursday night (11Nov10) gig in Britain due to illness.The electrofunk duo was due...

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Chromeo Reviews

Chromeo - DJ Kicks Album Review

18th November 2009

Review of Chromeo's DJ Kicks compilationK7 release the 30th version of DJ Kicks this time...

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Chromeo Festivals


10th May 2014

Open'er Festival

2nd July 2014

Austin City Limits

3rd October 2014

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The Latest Chromeo Press Releases

Chromeo To Turn The Meatpacking District Into An Outdoor Nightclub To Celebrate World Aids Day

19th November 2012

19th November 2012 - NEW YORK: Belvedere Vodka, the world's first super premium vodka will be...

Free Exclusive Music Downloads Now Available From Bacardi

2nd July 2010

From this week, music lovers can get free exclusive downloads from the officail Bacardi website...

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