World leaders, powerful CEOs, and other fat cats could learn a lesson or two from electrofunk duo Chromeo
, namely: know thyself, know thy vibe, and stay thy course. The rest of the population will catch up. Indeed, Chromeo is really good at being, well, Chromeo. The mission, the package, the vision — it’s been a straight shot of pure intentionality from the jump. Funk a game plan, Montreal natives Dave 1 and P-Thugg had a ten-year battle strategy: from cult 80s fetishists on 2004’s She’s In Control
to indie blog darlings on 2007’s Fancy Footwork
, to international touring sensations on 2010’s Business Casual
, to bona fide pop stars on 2014’s White Women
And guess what? Pee (still looking a smooth criminal in a Coogi) and Dave (ever the Semitic/Gallic heartthrob in tight pants) are back. Early 2018 will mark the release of the Funklordz’ fifth studio LP: Head Over Heels
. The album not only elevates Chromeo’s blueprint of ass-targeting beats, melodic honey and clever lyrics about the foibles of contemporary love…it augments it with unprecedented conceptual cohesion, booming sonics and more collaborations than ever before. Session legends such as Pino Palladino and Jesse Johnson (The Time, D’Angelo) coexist alongside the likes of DRAM and The-Dream on this intricate and ambitious ode to funk music, orchestrated by modern day masters of the genre.
Consider the first single “Juice”, a hilarious paean to female power set to a buoyant California bop: it’s Chromeo at its biggest and baddest.,,You could say that Gilligan Moss
originally formed in the early 90s in an unassuming pre-school in downtown Chicago. Comprised of Evan and Ben, the two have used this deep-rooted friendship to form a psychic bond to explore a new vision for what it means for pop music to live in the club. The duo from Chicago, has a distinct style that fills the cracks between several genres -- they are drawn to strange melodies, polyrhythmic percussion, and driving basslines. Their goal is to make music that could soundtrack an Ewok dance party as easily as it could a solitary walk home.
The project began with Evan, who anonymously started posting his music to Soundcloud in 2013. His first single "Choreograph" caught a wave of blog buzz, eventually hitting #1 on the Hype Machine charts. On the success of this single and a remix for Glass Animals' "Gooey," he took to writing a batch of tunes and the resulting Ceremonial EP was released in August 2015 via AMF Records, an imprint of Virgin EMI.
When asked to go on the road in support of Glass Animals in late 2015, he asked Ben to join him for the live rig. Once tour came to a close, they began writing together, rekindling the spark that formed all those years ago in pre- school. They have done remixes for the likes of Sia, Banks, Tegan & Sara and their second EP is expected in mid-2017. For the past few months, the duo has been camped out in the woods in upstate New York, perfecting the perfect dance party for the squirrels and birds that surround their studio.,The man, the myth, the sexual creature named Nick Monaco is a transformative artist who forever intrigues, tantalizes and delights. Like a butterfly climbing from a delicate chrysalis, Nick Monaco is a majestic sight to behold, and especially to be heard. Many moons ago, he spread his musical wings and began to fly, and today he soars.
Not simply a musician, Nick Monaco is a creative explorer who is humanizing dance music. He is an artist who playfully pursues integrity and makes music seeking a deeper connection. He is evolving and deepening with every piece of music he composes and lovingly shares with the world. He has an authenticity to his person and style that is rare in artists, and even rarer in human beings.
On his newest album Half Naked, Nick bares more of himself than ever before. Embracing vulnerability with confidence, Nick opens up his heart a touch more and shares his innermost self sounding better, brighter and more adept. It is not an album that deviates too far from the Monaco essence, but it progresses the story of Nick Monaco’s musical journey into a new unique chapter.
It’s not necessarily accurate to say Nick Monaco has come along way, he’s always been a bright shade of amazing, but he has one of the more remarkable young careers out there. Too accomplished to be qualified as on the come up, Nick Monaco has come into his own. He happily and heartily contributes to the creative Crew Love collective with beautiful and sexual releases aplenty on Soul Clap Records and Wolf + Lamb respectively. With dirtybird roots, Nick Monaco has taken his sound from the Bay Area around the world and back again, and shows no signs of slowing.
Oh, and lest we forget, Monaco isn’t solely about the music, he’s all about contributing to club culture in a very meaningful manner. Taking his albums to the next level, Nick has begun to offer innovative companion pieces to his albums, first with the lipstick line Freak Flag that supports the transgender community and now Half Naked the perfume companion to the album, which allows you to literally smell the music. You can put him on your lips and you can spray his scent on your body, so there’s no way to dance around it, Nick Monaco is a full sensory experience.
Here is an artist who is strongly transforming, growing sexier and sexier, more enigmatic, more playful, but fundamentally more masterful. So, the time is now to let your freak flag fly and get half naked with Nick Monaco.