We caught Chromeo’s live show at XOYO this month for one of their rare performances this year. We’ve only seen them once before at a packed out main stage show at Bestival two years ago and were really looking forward to the more intimate setting of XOYO. We secured ourselves a good spot and once the mood was set thanks to some smooth grooves courtesy of London’s own Bobby Tank, Chromeo were ready to hit the stage.
The crowd were well versed in the duo’s opening theme from 2007’s Fancy Footwork and the chanting began well before the music started. The set saw the Canadians perform all the standouts from their three albums as well as previewing material from their upcoming album White Women. Tracks like Bonafied Lovin’, Momma’s Boy, Night By Night and When The Night Falls sounded better than ever, with huge synths and lengthy guitar solos delivered with Chromeo’s effortless charisma. Dizzying screams and shouts from the audience confirmed that we were not alone in our opinion and die hard fans were treated to very early gems like Needy Girl and You’re So Gangsta. New tracks including the duo’s new single Over Your Shoulder, were met with equal enthusiasm and provided an impressive teaser for next year’s album.
Chromeo’s tongue in cheek lyrics and playful nod to the 80s may not be to everyone’s taste but there’s no denying the skill and infectious energy in which they deliver, and for us, nobody does it better.