Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Late Night Presents: Chromeo & Death from Above 1979 - "Sexy Socialite" (White Women)

Chromeo, David "Dave 1" Macklovitch and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel, are without a doubt two of the forefathers of now über-trendy futuristic-leaning Electro-Funk; they've been making smooth Space-Funk together since the mid-90's, but somehow only unleashed their first album, She's In Control, as recently as 2004. While Chromeo's fourth album, White Women still lacks a solid release date, that indeed hasn't stopped them from kicking a promotional campaign into full gear! After releasing two teaser singles within the last few months, Dave 1 & P-Thugg stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday-Wednesday night, along with fellow Canadian buddies Death from Above 1979 and "The Sexy Socialites" (a fully fleshed out Gospel choir). The recently reunited 2-piece have seemingly been delegated to Chromeo's backing band, while Dave 1 & P-Thugg took on the role of a 1980's-minded Back to The Future-like Electro-Funk band, complete with Frampton Auto-Tune and all.

However, the most memorable Late Night moment just might have been when a "random" (obviously well-rehearsed) Gospel singer suddenly started melodically rapping "Sexy Socialite"'s mid-song break-down. "It's ambiguous - ethnic guys [Macklovitch is 1/2 Moroccan, Gemayel is Lebanese] making a tribute to black music with an album called White Women. We felt it was a challenge to this super conservative climate we're feeling in America these days," Dave 1 Macklovitch lamented to Rolling Stone back in October, "We just wanted debates like this to be engaged. It's interesting that the music we make can branch out into these conversations." White Women is rumored to include varied contributions from Vampire Weekend mastermind Ezra Koenig, Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi, Solange, former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney, and Tawatha Agee (Mtume). It's unclear as to exactly when, but White Women should be out by early 2014; for the time being, "Over Your Shoulder" and "Sexy Socialite" are now available as a digital maxi-single on iTunes.

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