Friday, September 10, 2010

Chromeo, "Business Casual"

Hot off the success of their 2007 release "Fancy Footwork" -- which has been rocking dance floors, house parties and my car CD player for the past three years -- Montreal-based elctro-funk duo Chromeo have announced their new album "Business Casual" will be released Sept. 14.

Chromeo fans got a sneak peak of the new album when the singles "Don't Turn The Lights On" and "Night By Night" were released a few months back. The songs featured all the cheesy (in a good way) lyrics, heavy beats, 80's guitar riffs and vocoder you would expect from Chromeo. After a first listen of the album, it's apparent that Chromeo has stuck to the game plan, dishing out tight, danceable beats that feel oh so good. However, the duo puts on their serious face (relatively speaking) for a couple tracks ("When The Night Falls," "Don't Walk Away"). Word has it they have been taking song writing notes from Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates), with whom they performed this summer.

You can listen to "Business Casual" in its entirety, or individual tracks from the album, on NPR's First Listen until its Sept. 14 release. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to slip on my pastel suit and Italian leather shoes and blast it like it's 1984.

(Also notable on is Robert Plant's new album "Band of Joy," coming off his Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Kraus. The album spans many genres and eloquently features Plant's durable vocals along with some great guitar work. In addition, listen to Mavis Staples' new album, "You Are Not Alone," produced by Wilco's Jeff-Tweedy. They collaborated on many of the soul-full Gospel inspired songs, including the title track. Check out the video here. Also featured is Of Montreal's new album.

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