Chromeo – Can’t Tell You Why (Eagles Remake)

July 16, 2009

The Montreal duo Chromeo continues in hot pursuit of the funk on the latest installment of DJ-KiCKS, !K7’s acclaimed DJ mix series that has resulted in classic, definitive sets from artists like Kruder & Dorfmeister, Playgroup, Tiga, Erlend Oye and Hot Chip, to name but a few. (It’s first DJ-KiCKS, in fact, since Booka Shade’s 2007 contribution).

True to the series’ standard, Chromeo’s selection takes in sounds you’d be hard-pressed to hear almost anywhere else: early ’80s disco and R&B that sound little like the Italo and space disco currently enjoying a rise in hipster cred. Bursting with robo-funk basslines and plastic handclaps, swollen with strings and keyboards and vocals, it celebrates an oft-derided side of ’80s pop. Amidst gems from the likes of Leo Sayer, France Joli and even The Alan Parsons Project, the mix also features new tracks from current artists like Lifelike and Chateau Marmont—not to mention Chromeo’s own cover of the Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why.”

And why not? Chromeo have never been afraid of looking uncool. Dave 1 and P-Thugg got over that when they quit making hip-hop beats and gave into their love of obscure, electro-infused funk, disco and R&B, trading sampled drum breaks for lean 808 patterns slathered with vocal effects and sticky-sweet keyboards. You can download Can’t Tell You Why HERE


Chromeo – Can’t Tell You Why (Eagles Remake)

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