Chromeo

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Chromeo
Chromeo Monolith Festival 2009.jpg
Chromeo performing at the Monolith Festival in 2009. From left: David Macklovitch, Patrick Gemayel
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels
Website chromeo.net
Members
  • David Macklovitch (Dave 1)
  • Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg)

Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo from Montreal, formed in 2002 by David "Dave 1" Macklovitch and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel.

History[edit]

The duo met in the mid-1990s at Collège Stanislas in Montreal. Considering their backgrounds, the two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture".[4] Around the time when they were both 15, Macklovitch joined Gemayel's band.[5][6] During this time, Macklovitch's younger brother A-Trak (of Duck Sauce) started winning the Disco Mix Club Championships, becoming World Champion in 1997.[7] After the band, Dave 1 and P-Thugg started to produce hip hop music together. Also, at this time Tiga was working with Dave 1 at a record store and asked Dave 1 to work on a project for his label, Turbo.[6] Dave 1 and P-Thugg signed as Chromeo and started creating music together.

Their 2004 debut album, She's in Control, defined Chromeo and started their music career. Reviews were mostly favorable, comparing the sound to 1980s groups like Hall & Oates,[8][9] Klymaxx and Sylvester.[10] "Needy Girl" became a worldwide club hit.[11] According to Dave 1, "She's in Control didn't blow up. But we had "Needy Girl", and "Needy Girl" was like a musical passport. That song went all around the world and DJs played it everywhere". The song "You're So Gangsta" was featured as the theme tune for the PC game Space Colony. In 2005, Chromeo released a mix CD of funky dance tracks on Eskimo Belgium records entitled Un Joli Mix Pour Toi (French for: A Nice Mix for You). In 2006, the group was featured in DJ Mehdi's song "I Am Somebody". During early 2007, Chromeo supported indie rock group Bloc Party on their British tour.[11]

Chromeo at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2008

After a three-year break, they released a second album, Fancy Footwork, which was also positively reviewed.[12][13] Chromeo and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates teamed up in the Summer of 2008 for a jam session on Live from Daryl's House.[14] They would team up once again for a live performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.[15] Chromeo released their third studio album entitled Business Casual to critical acclaim on September 14, 2010.[16] In the time since the release, the music video for "Night by Night" has received over 4 million views on YouTube,[17] the band has appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic,[18] been on the cover of Future Magazine,[19] and sold out The Forum in London.[20]

At the beginning of March 2011, Chromeo sent out notice that they had recorded the "world's smallest album", entitled Drive Time, which consists of 55 songs in only 183 seconds.[21] About a week later, it was revealed that Drive Time is actually a free musical Nokia Own Voice satellite navigation pack for Ovi Maps, made for usage with Nokia's compatible cell phones.[22] A red vinyl 5" single consisting of regular, instrumental and a cappella versions of "Turn Left" and "Follow" was released to promote it, with a sticker on the shrink wrap saying that it was a numbered limited edition of 40 copies.

Early September 2013, the group announced their fourth album White Women with a trailer video featuring the track "Over Your Shoulder".[23] It was released May 9, 2014, in Ireland and May 12 elsewhere.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[29]
AUS
[30]
BEL
(FL)

[31]
FRA
[32]
IRE
[33]
SWI
[34]
UK
[35]
US
[36]
She's in Control
Fancy Footwork
  • Released: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Turbo, Last Gang
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Business Casual
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Last Gang, Turbo
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
44 151 70
White Women
  • Released: May 12, 2014
  • Label: Last Gang
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
6 50 82 182 70 49 42 11
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
iTunes Live from Montreal
  • Released: September 14, 2010[37]
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download

Mix albums[edit]

Title Album details
Chromeo Presents Un
Joli Mix pour Toi
  • Released: September 13, 2005[38]
  • Label: Eskimo
  • Formats: CD, LP
Ce Soir on Danse!
  • Released: September 5, 2006[39]
  • Label: Disque Primeur
  • Format: CD
DJ-Kicks: Chromeo
  • Released: September 28, 2009
  • Label: Studio !K7
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[40]
UK
[41]
"You're So Gangsta" 2002 She's in Control
"Destination: Overdrive" 2003
"Needy Girl" 2004 189
"Me & My Man"
"Rage!" 2005
"Fancy Footwork" 2007 185 Fancy Footwork
"Tenderoni"
"Bonafied Lovin"
"I Can't Tell You Why" 2009 DJ-Kicks: Chromeo
"Night by Night" Business Casual
"Don't Turn the Lights On" 2010
"Hot Mess" 2011
"When the Night Falls"
(featuring Solange Knowles)
"Over Your Shoulder" 2013 White Women
"Come Alive"
(featuring Toro y Moi)
2014
"Sexy Socialite"
"Jealous (I Ain't with It)" 12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"I Am Somebody"
(DJ Mehdi featuring Chromeo)
2006 Lucky Boy
"Legs"
(Chuck Inglish featuring Chromeo)
2014 Convertibles

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Chrome Knight"
(Surkin featuring Chromeo)
2008 Next of Kin: Mark II[42]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Needy Girl" 2004 Tomorrow's Brightest Minds[43]
"Rage!" 2005 Moh Azima[44]
"I Am Somebody" (DJ Mehdi featuring Chromeo) 2006 So Me[45]
"Tenderoni" 2007 Jérémie Rozan and Martial Schmeltz[46]
"Bonafied Lovin" Nima Nourizadeh[43]
"Fancy Footwork" 2008 Ben Levine[47]
"Momma's Boy" Stéphane Manel[48]
"Night by Night" 2009 Jérémie Rozan[49]
"Don't Turn the Lights On" 2010 Keith Schofield[50]
"Hot Mess" Jérémie Rozan[51]
"When the Night Falls" 2011 DANIELS[52]
"Come Alive" (featuring Toro y Moi) 2014 Alex Southam[53]
"Jealous (I Ain't with It)" Ryan Hope[54]
"Legs" (Chuck Inglish featuring Chromeo) Andreis Costa[55]
"Old 45's" Dugan O'Neal[56]

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist
"Future"[57] 2004 Cut Copy
"Breathe" 2006 Lenny Kravitz
"Sea Lion Woman"[58] 2007 Feist
"Cross the Dancefloor"[59] 2008 Treasure Fingers
"The Kids Don't Stand a Chance"[60] Vampire Weekend
"What You Need"[61] 2010 Tiga
"Superstar" Aeroplane
"A Long Time"[62] 2011 Mayer Hawthorne
"What You Want"[63] 2013 Boys Noize
"Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)"[64] Donna Summer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Bucky Award Best Sweatin' to the Indies Workout Song "Fancy Footwork" Won[65]
2008 Woodie Award Left Field Woodie N/A Won[66]
2008 Juno Award Dance Recording of the Year Fancy Footwork Nominated[67]
2011 Juno Award Dance Recording of the Year Business Casual Nominated[68]
2011 MTV Video Music Award Best Special Effects "Don't Turn the Lights On" Nominated[69]

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