October 2, 2023—Approaching the 20-year mark of their storied career, Chromeo will unveil their sixth studio album, Adult Contemporary, on February 16, 2024; pre-save/pre-order it here. The aptly named LP sees the iconic Canadian duo of Dave 1 (Dave Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) exploring what it means to be funky in your 30s and 40s. As the riotous early 2000s era that propelled them to indie superstardom becomes the stuff of legends, the Funklordz approach this new chapter with their groove intact.
“Personal Effects”—the newest track from the record—debuted live last night at Chromeo’s Shrine Outdoor headline show in Los Angeles. It is once again accompanied by a high-concept, hilariously clever video directed by Spencer Ford(Troye Sivan, JAWNY, BROCKHAMPTON); watch/share here.
“This is the last song we added on the album,” says Dave 1. “I was on a flight and the pilot said, ‘please don’t forget your personal effects’ and I was like, ‘wait how come this isn’t a Chromeo song title?!’ We felt like we needed a little breezy funk…something warm and fuzzy to bop to. You notice that long instrumental bit at the end? That’s definitely a motif on the album: extended sections where we let the music ride out. Adult Contemporary is a meditation on modern, mature relationships, which means: if we gotta sing about curling irons, so be it.”
Chromeo’s previous two LPs were more collaborative than their early material, and certainly were career milestones: 2014’s White Women earned them their first Top 40 hit and 2018’s Head Over Heels their first Grammy nomination. But Adult Contemporary marks a return to the duo’s original formula: Dave and Pee wrote, produced, performed and arranged every single song, honing in on the intimacy of their relationship—they’ve literally spoken every day for the last 30 years! After spending the last couple of years lending their production talents to the likes of Omar Apollo, Blu De Tiger, Ian Isiah and Onyx Collective, Chromeo locked themselves in their LA and Brooklyn studios, double-breasted suits in tow, and concocted their most musically expansive, lyrically focused, sonically polished and, above all, their most honest record to date.
Across the album’s 14 tracks, Chromeo navigate adult relationships in a contemporary world, traversing themes of commitment (“Lost And Found”), monogamy (“Got It Good”), attachment issues (“CODA”), sleepless nights (“Ballad Of The Insomniacs”), abstinence (“BTS”) and so much more. True to their trademark tone, it’s both unapologetically funny and disarmingly sincere, with nary a trace of irony. Musically, it’s safe to say the Funklordz have entered their sophisticated Steely Dan era, matching their signature synth-work with lush string arrangements, slick horn sections and live instrumentation throughout. And while this is undoubtedly Chromeo now, Adult Contemporary’s only collaborations are a deliberate nod to the duo’s early days: the album is mixed by New York house legend Morgan Geist (Storm Queen, Metro Area), mastered by French Touch hero Alex Gopher (Phoenix, Air) and its sole feature is La Roux, a close friend the band for over 15 years.
“Personal Effects” follows a cohesive trilogy of teaser singles: the dancefloor banger “(I Don’t Need A) New Girl,” “Replacements,” which was hailed as “a nod back to the heyday of indie sleaze,” that is “sure to make you dance” by Consequence; and “Words With You,” which Stereogum calls their “favorite thing the Canadian synth-funk duo has ever done.”
Chromeo is currently testing out new music in live performances across North America on their FUNK YOURSELFTour, their first headline run in over four years. This includes sold-out stops at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, two nights at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, Austin City Limits and Portola festivals and more. FUNK YOURSELF kicked off with the Funklordz’s triumphant fifth appearance at Coachella, where they blew minds with an all new stage setup—including four custom chrome modular synth towers—designed with longtime collaborator and contemporary artist Freeka Tet (Amnesia Scanner, Oneohtrix Point Never, Aphex Twin). Rolling Stone raved, “if Coachella was any kind of a preview, Chromeo are going bigger, bolder and chrome-ier than before.” See full tour routing below.
After almost two decades of shiny synths and sharp lyrics, Chromeo have set themselves apart as dedicated scholars of the groove, proving time and again that no one does it quite like them. Across their five LPs, Dave 1 and P-Thugg established an electrofunk sound that has become the lingua franca of pop music. Together, the inseparable friends have toured the world over, perfecting a musical and visual language that is now instantly recognizable—and more refined than ever before.