Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On” (Stereogum Premiere)

Bonnaroo was hot as hell this year. Muddy, too, the farmlands turning into a sloshpile under 80,000 pairs of flip-flops as if it had been raining there all weekend (it wasn’t). The experience isn’t for the faint of heart, but there’s magic to tap in those Tennessee fields year after year. Usually it’s via those singularly Dionysian late-night sets, the ones that Kanye delays for hours or the jams for which Jim James’s flying-V serves as a literal lightning rod. But this year it was all about Chromeo, buttressed by the stage-fanned locks by their stylistic godfather Daryl Hall, as the trio and backing band went for track-for-track on Hall & Oates classics and Chromeo cut-ups with equally fevered cheshire cat grins. Now at a certain point — maybe it was after “Kiss On My List,” or “Family Man,” or “Private Eyes,” or “You Make My Dreams Come True” — it was clear Dave1 and P-Thugg had a little catching up to do in terms of songbook, but also, no shit? So would any other artist down there save one Stevie Wonder (who, of course, ruled). And Chromeo are young, still pumping out jams, so they have time. And a guy who knows his way around a hook to point them in the right direction.

On that note comes “Don’t Turn The Lights On,” the duo’s next entrant to the repertoire, and the second single (dig on “Night By Night“) from the forthcoming third LP Business Casual. Don’t turn the lights on (“because tonight I want to see you in the dark,” is how it stands), but the masterfully mixed (by Phillippe Zdar) electro-banged out beat underlying the ’80s synth-pop and guitar funk is at least asking for a little space on the dancefloor, and maybe some red light-bulbs shining through smoke generated via the mechanism of your choice. Dance yrself clean, or at least yr way into this Chromeo come-on. These guys love their sexy time.

Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On”

The “Don’t Turn The Lights On” single is out digitally on 6/28 internationally, 6/29 in the States. Business Casual is out 9/14 via Atlantic. They’re going on tour:

07/26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
07/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
07/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/30 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
08/02 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
08/06 – Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)
08/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
08/10 – Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
08/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
08/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
08/16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
08/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
08/20 – Denver, CO @ Ogden
08/24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
08/25 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium
08/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
08/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
08/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (w/ The Chemical Brothers)

Chromeo by Tim Saccenti

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