Chromeo, an electro-funk duo consisting of Dave 1 and P-Thugg, have been around since the early 2000s, but the success of their latest album, White Women, has only recently brought them to the forefront of the electronic music scene. Their live performances captivate the audience and keep them more engaged than I’ve ever seen from a live act.
While admiring their headlining set at Red Rocks this week, I turned to my friend and said, “Chromeo is the new Daft Punk.” Now, I’m not naïve enough to believe that Chromeo has changed electronic music in any comparable way to Daft Punk, as the robots are musical legends for a reason. However, Daft Punk were the kings of funkified dance music for over a decade, and I think Chromeo may have taken their crown.
Despite the commercial success of their most recent album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk really did not take the same direction in their sound as many were expecting, especially because most of the tracks were closer to disco than to french house. Compared to their earlier releases such as Human After All (2005) and Discovery (2001), the Daft Punk’s sound on Random Access Memories provided a much broader spectrum of live instruments and featured artists, which ultimately led to a myriad of positive and negative reviews from first time listeners and long time Daft Punk fans.
As an album, Random Access Memories sold more copies than any other electronic album in recent history, but it can be argued that a majority of those sales were due to hype, the success of “Get Lucky,” and a huge marketing budget from Columbia Records. Other than “Get Lucky,” the album did not have any singles reach the Billboard Hot 100, which is shocking considering it was named Album Of The Year at the Grammy’s.