There’s been a good bit of buzz on this disco track “No Price” for a few weeks. I’ve held off on mentioning it simply because I can’t confirm the details of the people behind it. Annie Mac started the story by playing it on her BBC Radio 1 show back in March, and it has since been referred to it as a “disco mystery.” The track is full-on classic disco with a hint of modern phasing and electro. The vocals are catchy as heck and the beat is infectious, following the disco revival vibe of records by DJ Cassidy and Robin Thicke. The song has all the makings of a major summer record along the lines of Daft Punk or Duck Sauce. It is confirmed that Dave of Chromeo is the male vocalist, which makes it seem likely that the Oliver duo are behind the production – though it’s also rumored that the producers are really a supergroup, which makes me think that Arthur Baker could be involved. Follow this logic – if you dig online you will find a Deekline & Wizard breaks remix of a North End track called “Can’t Put No Price” which has a similar guitar and vocal sample to “No Price.” North End was the name of a studio project of Arthur Baker (who was also behind Happy Days, sampled by europop act PJ in 1999).
Yeah, it’s a stretch, but you never know. What isn’t in question is that “No Price” is a funky disco pop confection that will be buzzing all summer long at clubs around the world.
How can you not be a fan of Chromeo? The Canadians meld electro, ’80s, and disco with a fresh sound that is uniquely them. You can’t help but dance when songs like “Fancy Footwork” and “Bonafide Loving” come on. A highlight of the summer was their remix, with Oliver, of Donna Summer’s “Love is in Control,” was just a taste of what’s to come. Both preview singles from their forthcoming album ‘White Women’ – “Come Alive” and “Jealous” – mash ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s sounds together like a musical blender. On the intro of “Jealous,” you can hear a bit of collaborator Oliver’s influence since it is reminiscent of Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl,” but over all the sound is clearly Chromeo. If you are a fan of the recent Big Gigantic “The Night is Young” single or are looking for a fun followup to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ (but don’t want to wait four to eight years), here is your soundtrack for a funky spring.
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Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
Premiered during Morgan Page’s recent MPP3d bus tour, “Against the Tour” is a moving and powerful song of unity between two people. The progressive pop track is almost a battle of contrasts; multilayered yet pristine, and energetic yet pretty, it really stands out from similar tracks that have been released over the past few months. Michael S contributes a solid vocal performance filled with emotion similar in style to “Leaving You” with Audien, but with the completely opposite message. Actually, the more I listen to the lyrics, I keep think its the modern interpretation of an old Helen Reddy song (written by Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams) of a similar title. New remixes by Tony Romera and Denzal Park add a bit of electro for primetime dance floor energy while keeping the tone and message firmly in place. It might be a bit late for Valentine’s Day, but “Against the World” would be a perfect song to send to someone special in your life.