Interviews, Videos | VBS Interview w/ Chromeo

Posted by on September 29, 2010

Chromeo may be the only Arab/Jewish electrofunk duo on the planet. Let that mixture be a smooth metaphor for their unique sound, a blend of fancy synthesizers, a talk box, old computers, and older funk phrasings, torn from the days when the lords of the disco wore white suits and Jheri curls.

But even if Patrick “P Thug” Gemayel and David “Dave 1” Macklovitch, who met in high school in Montreal, unabashedly worship at the altar of Hall & Oates, they keep one ear to hip hop too, turning knobs on their drum machines the way they turn festivals into disco funk jamz.

But they’re not all hot nights and cool suits: until recently, Gemayel put his business school acumen to work as the band’s tour manager, and Macklovitch is earning his PhD in French literature from Columbia. Dissertation topic: “Theorizing the Pleasure of Reading in Eighteenth Century France.”

But right now, he’s all about the pleasure of getting down. In advance of their new album Business Casual, Motherboard visited the groove scientists at home in Montreal to sample their secret synth sauce, and see how it’s made. -VBS

Mixtapes, Videos | June 16th, 2010

Posted by on June 16, 2010

VBS correspondent Jamie Hedgeson goes to the desolate factory town of Bolton in the UK (think Detroit) to report on the music phenomenon called Donk. I’m a big fan of everything VBS. Also, forgive my use of Losershare. Hulkshare is having technical difficulties. Hulkshare should be back up by tomorrow.

What’s Fresh:

DJ Ill Will ft. Ya Boy- Life Of a Rockstar HOT!
The Girls Can Hear Us- Drugs, Dancing
Trey Songz- Take You Home HOT!
Nappy Roots- All 4 You
DJ Tripple C- Ready For This vs. Shake LAS VEGAS HEAT!
Marky- Rocket Man HOT!
Young Jeezy ft. Young Buck- Stop Playing Wit’ Me

This is a great project. Get it.

Download: Drake- Thank Us Later (Mixtape)