formed in Montreal in the early 21st century, a project of former hip hop producers
(news flash: not their given names).
From the beginning, Chromeo
made it clear that the name of their well-dressed game would be artful detachment, earnest songwriting, retro breakdowns, and gleaming plastic beats -- not serious intent or aggressive musical-regime change. The "Destination Overdrive" single appeared in late 2003, complete with the tingling B-side "Needy Girl" (a ringer for Yaz
's "Situation") and a DFA remix; the She's in Control
LP dropped from Vice in early February 2004. Chromeo
issued two mixes, 2005's Un Joli Mix Pour Toi
and 2006's Ce Soir, On Danse, while gigging and working on their second album. Fancy Footwork
arrived in summer 2007, boasting a slicker sound and poppier songwriting (courtesy of Cassius
' Philippe Zdar
on mixing duties), plus an avalanche of remixes. As fans awaited another album, Chromeo
in 2009. They finally returned in August 2010 with Business Casual, released by Atlantic Records in the U.S.