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On their latest album, Chromeo gets serious ... but not that serious

Alexander Gay
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Some people mellow with age. There's a perception that you should stop fooling around as you get older and start taking things seriously. But it doesn't have to be that way. Chromeo is proof of that.

The Canadian electro-funk duo is David Macklovitch, or Dave 1, and Patrick Gemayel, who goes by P-Thugg. They've been making music together since they met in Montreal in their teens, and they released their debut album as Chromeo, called She's in Control, in 2004. That album contained their single "Needy Girl," a track about a clingy girlfriend that's both funny and incredibly catchy. Over the next two decades, Chromeo cemented their reputation as both clever electro-funk artists and guys with a well-developed, goofy sense of humor.

Now, 20 years since they started, their subject matter has matured. On their new album, Adult Contemporary, they're singing about monogamy and commitment, but Dave 1 and P-Thugg join me today to talk about how their sense of humor, love of wordplay and dedication to funk hasn't waned a bit.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Kimberly Junod. The web story was created by Miguel Perez. Our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She was also involved with Canada's highest music honors: hosting the Polaris Music Prize Gala from 2017 to 2019, as well as serving on the jury for both that award and the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News.
World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).