White Women is an instant fan-pleaser, turning on that distinctive two-step, disco sound that Chromeo have carved out their own long-lady-legged shape in, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek for good measure.
Tracks like ‘Jealous (I Ain’t With It),’ ‘Frequent Flyer’ and ‘Fall Back 2U’ are instant dancefloor bait, but with overtures and vocals that sound a little too familiar, it feels like the Chromeo boys haven’t stretched themselves that far. ‘Come Alive’ is more of an evolution for the duo with Toro Y Moi‘s chill-wave roots showing some influence.
Hit tracks off the album are two of the big collaborations; the first, ‘Lost on the Way Home,’ standing out with Chromeo‘s signature use of synth and funky bassline, combined with the contrast of Solange‘s earthy vocals and Dave 1‘s electrified singing. Second is not really a track at all, but rather an interlude named for collaborator Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend) – ‘Ezra’s Interlude.’ The instant Ezra’s haunting vocals come through your speakers you’ll be intrigued, add some keys, and slowly build with some light synth, a beat here, and bit of bass there, it’s an interlude that builds and ends far too quickly.
All-in-all, Chromeo once again show they know their craft and how to please their fans, and clearly having loads of fun doing it, whilst continuing to evolve by collaborating with some of the big names in the biz.
White Women is available now from iTunes.