Recommended Greater Cincinnati Concerts: Chromeo at Madison Theater (Sept. 12)

“Like Larry David doing Funk"

Sep 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

click to enlarge Chromeo - Photo: Tim Saccenti
Photo: Tim Saccenti
David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, the duo behind Electro Funk outfit Chromeo, recently stopped by The Echo Chamber, former Beastie Boy Mike D’s entertaining Beats 1 radio show. At one point between playing tracks by pre-“Ghostbusters” Ray Parker Jr. and DJ Quik, the Canadian pair described their love of late ’70s and early ’80s Funk and Pop and how it influences their own approach to making music.

“Our whole thing was how to make pimp-strut music but the singer’s got to be this schmucky, hapless guy,” Macklovitch said.

“Like Larry David doing Funk,” Gemayel added.

It’s a uniquely ludicrous concept, one that has fueled the duo’s amusing meld of first-person interactions with the opposite sex and catchy, often unabashedly cheesy sonics.

Macklovitch and Gemayel met in the mid-1990s while at college in Montreal, at the time joking that they were “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” Chromeo’s debut full-length, She’s in Control, surfaced in 2004, but it was 2007’s Fancy Footwork and its album-opening trio of singles “Tenderoni,” “Fancy Footwork” and “Bonafied Lovin (Tough Guys)” that broke the duo wide. Three more albums — including this year’s Head Over Heals — followed, all riding high on Macklovitch’s modest sing-speak vocals and glitchy guitar work and Gemayel’s versatile musicality (he handles keyboards, bass, synths and talk box).

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