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Chromeo performing at the Monolith Festival in 2009
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Electro-funk, disco, synthpop, electronic
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Big Beat Records[1]
Last Gang Records
Modular Recordings
Fool's Gold Records
Vice Recordings
Atlantic Records
Back Yard Recordings
Members David Macklovitch (Dave 1)
Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg)

Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk/disco duo formed in 2002 in Montreal by David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel.


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".[2] Around the time when they were both 15, Macklovitch joined Gemayel's band.[3][4] During this time, Macklovitch's younger brother A-Trak (of Duck Sauce) started winning the Disco Mix Club Championships, becoming World Champion in 1997.[5] 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.[4] 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,[6][7] Klymaxx and Sylvester.[8] "Needy Girl" became a worldwide club hit.[9] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] Chromeo and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates teamed up in the Summer of 2008 for a jam session on Live from Daryl's House.[12] They would team up once again for a live performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.[13] Chromeo released their third studio album entitled Business Casual to critical acclaim on September 14, 2010.[14] In the time since the release, the music video for "Night by Night" has received over 4 million views on YouTube,[15] the band has appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic,[16] been on the cover of Future Magazine,[17] and sold out The Forum in London.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] 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".[21] It was released May 9, 2014, in Ireland and May 12 elsewhere.



Studio albums[edit]

Year Title CAN US
2004 She's in Control
2007 Fancy Footwork
2010 Business Casual 44 70 151
2014 White Women 6 11 42 50

DJ mix albums[edit]


Year Title CAN US UK
2002 "You're So Gangsta" She's in Control
2003 "Destination: Overdrive"
"Needy Girl" 189
2004 "Me & My Man"
2005 "Rage!"
2006 "I Am Somebody" (with DJ Mehdi) Lucky Boy
2007 "Fancy Footwork" 185 Fancy Footwork
"Bonafied Lovin'"
"Momma's Boy"
2009 "I Can't Tell You Why" DJ-Kicks: Chromeo
2010 "Night by Night" Business Casual
"Don't Turn the Lights On"
2011 "Hot Mess" (with Elly Jackson)
"When the Night Falls" (with Solange Knowles)
2013 "Over Your Shoulder" White Women
"Sexy Socialite"
2014 "Come Alive" (with Toro Y Moi)
"Jealous (I Ain't With It)" 12

Music videos[edit]

  • Needy Girl, directed by: Tomorrow's Brightest Minds
  • Rage, directed by: Moh Azima
  • Tenderoni, directed by: Surface2Air
  • Bonafied Lovin, directed by: Nina Nourizadeh
  • Fancy Footwork, directed by: Ben Levine
  • Momma's Boy, directed by: Stephane Manel
  • Night by Night, directed by: Surface2Air
  • Don't Turn the Lights On, directed by: Keith Schofield
  • Hot Mess, directed by: Surface2Air
  • When the Night Falls, directed by: DANIELS
  • I Could Be Wrong (featuring Ezra Koenig), directed by: N/A
  • Jealous (I Ain't With It), directed by: Ryan Hope
  • Old 45's, directed by: Dugan O'Neal


Awards and nominations[edit]

Chromeo awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
mtvU Woodie Awards
1 1
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards
1 1
MTV Video Music Awards
0 2
Awards won 2
Nominations 4


  • Their song "Hot Mess (Duck Sauce Mix)" in the Forza Horizon soundtrack.
  • Their songs "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" and "Come Alive" in the Forza Horizon 2 soundtrack.
  • On October 17, 2007, they performed "Fancy Footwork" on Jimmy Kimmel Live![35]
  • On June 17, 2008, they made a second appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed "Fancy Footwork" again.[36]
  • On November 8, 2008, they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, performing an unplugged version of "Momma's Boy" with an eight-piece string section.[37]
  • In February 2009, they appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba with an original song about washing hands.[38]
  • On September 20, 2010 they appeared on Late Show with David Letterman performing "Night By Night."
  • On February 21, 2011 they appeared on Conan, performing "Hot Mess."
  • On March 27, 2011 they performed "Hot Mess" live at the 2011 Juno Awards.
  • On November 9, 2011 they performed "When The Night Falls" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
  • On July 7, 2012 the duo was the live Grand Closing Event of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and performed a mix of songs from Fancy Footwork and Business Casual.[39]
  • On October 29, 2013 they performed "Sexy Socialite" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
  • On April 22, 2014 they made a third appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing "Jealous (I Ain't With it)" and "Come Alive".
  • On June 7, 2014, appearing at the Parklife Weekender, they performed songs including "Jealous (I Ain't With it)", "Come Alive", "Tenderoni", "Hot Mess" and "Bonafide Lovin'"

Use in popular culture[edit]

Over the years, Chromeo's music has featured in a number of video games, starting with Space Colony in 2003, which used the group's "So Gangsta" single as its main theme song. In 2007, the group's "Fancy Footwork" appeared in Need For Speed: Pro Street. The Yuksek remix of "Bonafied Lovin'" was then used in FIFA 09 and "Don't Turn the Lights On" was featured in FIFA 11, exposing the band to a new group of listeners. In 2011, "Don't Turn the Lights On" was again featured in Dirt 3. In 2012, "Hot Mess" (featuring Elly Jackson) (Remixed by Duck Sauce) was featured in Forza Horizon. In 2014, the band featured again in Forza Horizon 2, with their songs "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" and "Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)".[citation needed]



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