Back again in 2010, Chromeo has released their third album “Business Casual” and this time the world can’t escape the luscious, 80’s synth-dripping funk this duo has single-handedly brought back to contemporary pop music.
Chromeo is a collaboration between two old friends, Dave 1 and P-Thugg. Their musical partnership has had a natural progression that started with their high school band in Montreal. After high school Dave and P started producing hip-hop under the label Audio Research. It was these hip hop roots that would eventually expose them to the 80’s styles of Hall n’ Oats, Zapp and Billy Joel. Hip-hop greats like Snoop, Dre and Warren G were sampling their music and when Dave and P started buying records they realized all those hooks and beats came from the days of Pac man, acid-wash, shoulder pads and fanny-packs. And those days are most definitely back.
John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard recorded HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS, their second album as THE SUBMARINES, as summer vines blossomed and the sun coaxed green grasses up around the stones leading from their East LA home to their garage-turned-home-studio. Honeysuckle Weeks weaves together themes drawn from their immediate surroundings and experience: the garden outside, and the push and pull of life and love inside. After touring behind their debut, Declare a New State, in the US and Europe, The Submarines were ready to make an album that felt good not only to record but to play in a live setting. “Our first album was hugely cathartic for us to make, dealing with a breakup and getting out the sorrow, but we’ve been ready to freak out and have a lot more fun this time around. We’re thankful not to have to make that record again, to be in a better place,” says Hazard.
The sound of a revolution doesn’t come with a bang; it doesn’t come with a whimper. Revolution reveals itself like a song. Cultural change starts with inspiration; the desire to break from the status quo and write a new chapter. For these days of uncertainty, the Boston-based trio State Radio set the explosive soundtrack for change with their current album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out now).
These 11 tracks create a concept album, depicting a dystopia world ravaged by endless war (“Take Cover”), wanton executions (“State of Georgia”), heartless oligarchs (“Big Man”) and the unlikely love between freight train runaways (“Adelaide”). But this isn’t science fiction; these stories are true, revealing facets of the world, as it is today.