Video Review: Chromeo's “Night by Night”

12/19/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Gita Gupte

For those of you who don’t know (which included me until quite recently), Chromeo is an electro-funk duo that hails from Montreal, Canada. The band is comprised of Dave 1 (David Macklovitch), lead guitar and vocals, and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel), keyboards, synthesizers and talk box. Their sound has often been compared to the likes of Hall & Oates, Klymaxx and Sylvester. But critics often have wondered whether their amazingly accurate homage to the disco/transy/funkified sound of the early-'80s is genuine or mockery.

You be the judge.  Chromeo’s third album is set to be released next summer, but until then the duo has provided us with a little eye and ear candy in the form of the video to, “Night by Night.”

In the video, Chromeo do not give up on their pre-occupation with leggy girls in stilettos. The video serves as the fantasy of any teen boy that grew up in the '80s. Dave 1 takes the main stage as a New York City dance god who gets paid by model-esque women just for the opportunity to have him shimmy with them in a dark warehouse (lit mostly by the headlights of a MAC truck). Off to the side is faithful P-Thugg, who provides the backing track for this illicit rendezvous.

Aside from the wardrobes which don't quite achieve the desired effect of blending what is otherwise a true to form '80s videos with modern-day styles, this video is a mixture of sultry moves from "Dirty Dancing," "Saturday Night Fever" and "Flashdance."

Although I wish some of the female dancers in this video exhibited a bit more charisma and flair, the video is exciting and I couldn't help watching it over and over again.

Watch the video for Chromeo's "Night by Night" below. Thoughts?

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