Friday, January 17, 2014

Little Bit of Gold & a Pager: Chuck Inglish & Chromeo - "Legs" (Federal Prism)

While The Cool Kids have barely scratched the surface of their recent Retro-Rap return to form, rapper-producer Chuck Inglish is still planning to soldier ahead with his long-rumored album, Convertibles; now coincidentally complete with an April 8th release on Dave Sitek's newly-formed Federal Prism imprint. Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, buddy Sir Michael Rocks, and more are set to appear deep within. Federal Prism and Inglish's own Sounds Like Fun label unleashed a double-hitter of singles Thursday afternoon: "Legs" and "Came Thru/Easily" assisted by Chromeo, Mac Miller, and Ab-Soul (respectively). Chuck Inglish, Dave 1 & P-Thugg have almost seamlessly melded together their separate styles to create the buttery smooth Disco-Funk/Hip-Hop hybrid, now also known as "Legs." Although I must admit, genre-blending collaborations like these don't always end up sounding as good as they might seem on paper. But judging by Chuck Inglish's freshly leaked Chromeo team-up, Convertibles is poised to be chock-full of 12 tracks-worth of cutting-edge Retro-Rap hybrids. While Inglish is presumably busy putting the finishing touches on Convertibles, Chromeo are wrapping up their own forthcoming album, tentatively titled White Women. "We chose the title because it's the name of the first Helmut Newton book. He's a huge influence on us... you know, the legs, that 80's sexy look. And we thought the title was ballsy, funny, was going to get people thinking," Chromeo answered in a September Reddit AMA session. It's rumored to feature contributions from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Solange, Toro Y Moi, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Fool's Gold signees Oliver, and Tawatha Agee of Mtume fame; while a solid album release date has still yet to be announced.

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