Chromeo Is The Funkiest Group Since Daft Punk
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.
Even with the success of Random Access Memories, Daft Punk has not toured much since 2007 with their Alive tour. However, Chromeo has brought dance music back to its funky roots with their live shows; something that, arguably, Daft Punk has never been able to represent. Chromeo’s live show includes Dave 1 on the guitar and lead vocals, with P-Thugg on the keyboards, synthesizers and talk box (the robot voices were the main thing that reminded me of Daft Punk).
Chromeo’s set at Red Rocks was juxtaposed with other live electronic acts like Cut Copy and Flume, and deep house/UK garage producer Duke Dumont. The entire day was filled with great music, but Chromeo clearly stole the show with their “two-step” beats, catchy lyrics, crowd control and live instrumentation. When Chromeo dropped classics like “Jealous,” “Night By Night,” and “Momma’s Boy,” you could feel the resounding energy from the crowd. They even got interactive, getting the entire crowd to sway, fist pump and sing “Higher!” during “Frequent Flyer.”
Their ability to energize crowds and simply make everyone feel good is something that dance music needs. If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch a live Chromeo show yet, make sure to see them the next time they visit your town. You’ll discover why they’re the funkiest group since Daft Punk.