Chromeo - White Women (+ Exclusive Album Stream)

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Chromeo’s fourth album comes on like the lecherous uncle in an ’80s comedy. It’s all strutting, libidinous funk and camp, kitchsy electronics. It’s Dave 1 and P-Thugg in their element, essentially.

Where Montreal-formed the electro duo’s previous album, 2010’s ‘Business Casual’, suffered from a slight lack of tunes, ‘White Women’ is more polished. Almost every track here is a precision-targeted pop missile, a factor evidenced by now fewer than four singles preceding this long-player’s release.

And there’s more hits in waiting: the Solange-starring ‘Lost On The Way Home’ has a lush ’80s-inflected synth and sounds not unlike Prince, which can never be A Bad Thing.

Elsewhere, ‘Sexy Socialite’ is as befuddling as something from Beck’s underrated ‘Midnite Vultures’ collection of 1999. Like that album, there’s a playful sense of bawdy humour at work across ‘White Women’. Some may find the irony unpalatable, but there’s little denying Chromeo’s cheeky pop mastery.

7/10

Words: Will Salmon

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Related: read Chromeo’s Dave 1 and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig in conversation about all things love-related

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