Released this year on May 12th, “White Women” by electro-funk duo Chromeo proves to be a jam packed album filled with many hip swinging tracks. This album features contributions from artists such as Toro Y Moi, Solange, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney and Fool’s Gold duo Oliver. You can expect to get a full dance workout with this album because it is nonstop fun! It is the fourth studio album released by Chromeo, and it offers a blend of synth-pop, disco and electronic sounds to groove to.
Chromeo consists of Canadian childhood friends, Dave 1 and P-Thugg who jokingly describe themselves as “the only successful Arab and Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” Dave 1 provides the lead vocals and guitar while P-Thugg dishes out the talk box, keyboards and synthesizers. This duo manages to provide earnest songwriting with each track that they make. Influenced by artists like Prince, Rick James, Michael Jackson and George Clinton, it is no wonder that Chromeo would out their own modern twist on such a legendary brand of music.
“White Women” starts with “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”, the fourth single released for the album. It is very uplifting and easy to dance to even though it touches upon a hard subject like jealousy within a relationship. Like all of the tracks on this album, it has superb lyrical honesty with lines like “And is i t really my fault/I get a shiver when I see you with those other guys/Wearing the jacket I bought/I can’t help but lose my temper and I don’t know why.”
Another golden track would be “Lost On The Way Home” featuring sultry songstress Solange. It is the first slow song on “White Women”, but adds to the tension of the album without sedating the tone. Also, the smooth synth contrasts with the guttural bass also compliments the soft vocals of Solange and Dave 1. Solange also adds an intimate feel to the track with her signature sound and voice as there are hints of her compilation album “Saints Heron.”
Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed the tracks “Hard To Say No” and “Somethingood”. They both touch the heart as they exude good messages about relationships while also happening to be over a dance track. “Hard To Say No” is shorter, slowly paced and more synth heavy; however, “Somethingood” is more bass heavy and features a delightful breakdown. As the title suggests, this track is definitely something good. Although they have opposing elements, they both deliver a strong punch.
“White Women” doesn’t disappoint as there aren’t any low points on this album. My only complaint is that it ends too soon! Chromeo describes this album as getting back in touch with their original sound so it is a joy to listen to for new and old fans alike. You can catch Chromeo on tour now. They will be closing their tour mid-October in Austin, Texas; move fast in order to see them in action.
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