One of my revelations during Coachella’s first weekend was that Chromeo has become a really big deal, in part because the duo’s eternally throwback electrofunk evokes many of the same sensations as the EDM festival-killers who now rule the summer. They’re masters of putting a smile on the faces of everyone around, themselves included, and despite their kitschy inclinations they’re absolutely serious about their craft. In a show of strength and versatility, this latest preview of Chromeo’s upcoming White Women leaves the sense of humor behind in favor of muted melancholia. Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig duets with Chromeo singer David Macklovitch on “Ezra’s Interlude,” a piano ballad gone digital that wouldn’t have sounded all that out of place amidst the synthetic wonders of Modern Vampires Of The City. Listen below.
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