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Highsnobiety Q&A May, 27 2013

A Conversation with David and Patrick from Chromeo

The Canadian duo Chromeo is working on a new album. It will be the fourth LP since their first album She’s In Control dropped in 2004. If you don’t know their first album, I’m sure you know Fancy Footwork which was released three years later and took David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel on a two-year world tour, performing at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Fujirock in Japan, Coachella, Lollapalooza and many more. On a personal note, that album brings back many memories of improving my fancy footwork.

David actually goes by Dave and just moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn where our short interview took place. Patrick and Dave talked about who their all-time favorite MCs are and even played some guitar for us. Check it out after the jump.

You are working on the new album. When is it going to be released?

Earliest would be November, latest would be January. But there will be singles before then. You’ll hear new stuff by the end of the summer.

What is the mood and the inspiration behind this fourth album and who are you working with?

It’s a more dancey, poppy and lighthearted album than our last one, which was moody and sophisticated. We still have that sophistication on the new joint, but we wanted to combine it with a party feel that brings you back to the Fancy Footwork record. Bigger hooks though…and funnier lyrics…to us at least. As for inspiration, let’s see…our usual synth funk stuff…with maybe a bit of disco thrown in there this time: Abba, ELO, Bee Gees. Some newer stuff too…LCD, Dev Hynes, some UK deep house. You’re going to laugh but I’ve even been listening to some old Maroon 5 for ideas. We don’t draw the line between good and bad taste, so we find inspiration in everything. We’ve been really into ZZ Top lately as well.

Which artists are you listening to the most these days?

You mean artists that are out now right? Let’s see… Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Toro Y Moi, Haim, Solange, Blood Orange, Twin Shadow, Frank Ocean, Weeknd, Disclosure, Miguel — same as everybody else, really. Same goes for rap: Drizzy, Ye, Future, French, Danny Brown, A$AP (especially Ferg), Gunplay, Mikki Blanco.

Who are your top five MCs, dead or alive?

All-time MCs are always the same for everyone: Big, Pac, Nas, Jay, Em. But that list feels old…it’s like hip-hop history at this point. Here are my top five MCs out now: Kanye, Drake, Danny Brown, Gunplay, Kendrick.

Which are the brands/designers you like to wear most?

Balmain, Saint Laurent, Dior, Margiela.

 

Interview and Photography: Emanuele D’Angelo / Highsnobiety

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