Chromeo @ Sound Academy (11/02/11)
To this date, I have seen Chromeo perform three times (four times – if you count the Junos) and they have yet to disappoint me. Chromeo’s Night Falls tour stop in Toronto was hosted at the Sound Academy. The night started off with French DJ and producer, Breakbot. I got to the venue just as he was finishing up his set with his remix of Chromeo’s “When The Night Falls” and his own track “Baby I’m Yours.”
Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)
Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)
Next up was Mayer Hawthorne & The County — What a delight to see them perform. Playing a great selection of tracks from Mayer Hawthorne’s 2009 debut album, “A Strange Arrangement” and his latest album, “How Do You Do.” Their set kept me moving and singing along to the songs. Mayer Hawthorne is definitely very talented with his throwback soul sound – a sound that is rarely heard nowadays. I really enjoyed Mayer Hawthorne’s set. His stage presence and charisma just draws audience members in and makes people feel good with his soul influenced pop songs. Fun fact: Hawthorne revealed during his set that he is in fact 1/4 Canadian.
Every Chromeo set starts the same….with the fans anxiously awaiting the electro-funk duo to get on stage and chanting “CHROME-E-OHH-OHHHOHH” over and over again. Then the intro track to Fancy Footwork blares, lights start flashing and the audience chants “CHROME-E-OHH-OHHHOHH” in unison. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of. Every time I see Dave 1 doing his thing – my mind goes to a very very dirty place – He is everything I could ever want in a man – intelligent, musically inclined, tall, handsome, cool and last but not least, sexy as hell. UGH! If only…
Anyhow, the two played their largest ever Toronto show last Wednesday night. Dave 1 took the time to graciously thank Toronto fans for their support and listed on venues the duo have played in the past. The crowd was dancing and shaking song after song. The duo played an amazing set with tracks from all three of their full-length albums. Tracks included, “You’re So Gangsta,” “Needy Girl,” “Fancy Footwork,” “Tenderoni,” “Bonafied Lovin,” “Momma’s Boy,” “Call Me Up,” “Night By Night,” “When The Night Falls,” “Hot Mess” and “Don’t Turn The Lights On.” Simply put, any Chromeo concert you attend turns out being a giant dance party — and I hope that never changes.
Also, thank you to Melissa N. for sharing her photo of Chromeo with me.