It's business as usual for Chromeo on Business Casual. With their third album, the Canadian electro-funk duo continues on their path to Rick James like funk stardom by crafting a series of 10 sexy grooves.
On first listen, this record delivers on all fronts. It contains a lot of interesting modular synth sounds, vocoders, and funk guitars courtesy of Dave 1 and P-Thugg. Which is fair, because the Quebecois duo have never hid the fact that they have a particular affection for 80's synth funk jams. In fact, they embrace it.
But not everyone has the same deep love of heart wrenching, booty shaking beats. So on repeat listens as a whole, this album can get kind of boring. But in a world dominated by iPods and people throwing up songs on youtube at parties, this music kind of works. As a singular entity, songs like “Hot Mess”, “Night by Night”, and “Don't Walk Away” offer highly infectious grooves. But jammed into one record - if you're not into this sort of thing already, it can get a little tiring.
So maybe the title makes sense. Like business casual attire, it's good every once in awhile, but you wouldn't want to wear it everyday. A good record for the times when you need some uplifting modern funk.
By Matthew Ritchie
Feb 16, 2011