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When The Night Falls, You'll Be Pregnant By Chromeo

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When you get someone as hot as Solange Knowles to participate in your music you need to step up your game a little bit. And so Chromeo did by impregnating every woman who set eyes and ears on them playing their latest single, 'When the Night Falls'. But unfortunately we are not going to see more skin than we did in the steamy video of 'Hot Mess', because this Canadian duo don't make babies like normal people do (i.e. in failing to wrap it up before they smack it up due to being swept up in the heat of the moment).

 

Being the hot people that they are, they only need glance in your general direction for your belly to pop like corn in hot butter. Though once your womb is graced with their, uh, business, it seems the lucky ladies tend to get a bit psychotic. In an almost zombie-like fashion, they'll crave for more; but will they be taken care of in the end? The answer waits for you below*.

 

Chromeo - When The Night Falls

 

 

Still speaking of stepping up their game, the boys invited an all-star team to remix the single. Breakbot, Hercules and the Love Affair, Lifelike and Mayer Hawthorne all tried to retouch 'When The Night Falls' with their own brand of magic. Some did exactly the remix they were expected to do (Breakbot and Lifelike), some failed (I'm lookin' atchoo H&LA) and others were simply great (that leaves Mayer Hawthorne).  

 

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*Sorry for the crappy quality video, but as MTV premiered it, we had to look to other sources to be able to view it (since we're currently outside USA). It's in the Youtube now!

Pleasure Principle goes Over The Top
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Wicked cover art for 'Control' from which 'Pleasure Principle' was taken

 

Janet Jackson will forever be Queen of the Dance Break for me. No one does a dance break quite like she does. Janet generally keeps her private life private, and doesn't really cause too much scandal aside from her often fluctuating weight; so in this age of hyperactivity we often forget how important Janet was and is to pop/women in pop/black/women/in pop/black music, since she comes from a ridiculously legendary family (each member for different reasons). Janet is a genuine super star in her own right. Currently touring, I've read reports of her simple and quietly moving tribute to her late and great older brother. So yay for LA based Over The Top for choosing an 80s Janet choon to remix.

 

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With that, let's take a moment to revere Ms Jackson with the video for 'Pleasure Principle', in her own solo warehouse jam, epitomising so much of the 80s both musically and stylistically via Footloose and Flash Dance:

 

Pleasure Principle by Janet Jackson

 

So like I said, Over The Top have remixed Janet's 'Pleasure Principle'; the first time I came across them being with their remix of Britney's 'Hold It Against Me'. To be fair, 'Pleasure Principle' doesn't need much at all to whip it into the typically bloghouse dancefloor number that Over The Top deliver, since this kind of Janet track is a perfect example of what every synth-pop-star-wannabe is aiming for. Nevertheless, Over The Top throw more weight into the bass, and use all the original 80s finesse of the track to subtly tweak it with their 21st century production.

 

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BONUS: Over The Top have also recently done a cute remix of Chromeo's 'Hot Mess', check it:

 

Hot Mess (Over the Top Remix) by Over the Top

Around the World with Midnight Juggernauts // Pt 2
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HIYA // Vince Vendetta and...SHA-FUCKING-KIRA! AHAHAHAHAHA

And now to part two of Around the World with Midnight Juggernauts. If you missed Part 1, go catch it here - no, seriously, because all these pics are actually mind blowing, I was mega-lolling the whole way through. So here we go, in another editorial exclusive for I M // U R:

 

  Around the World with MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS // Part 2

                          July to December 2010

                              as captioned by

                           VINCENT VENDETTA

 

July 2010, Novi Sad // Serbia : Hanging out with some Jamaicans, Busy P, Mehdi and Sebastian. Wherever I go in the world I'll always bump into French people late night in a tunnel.

 

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July 2010, Novi Sad // Serbia: Still at Exit Festival. Our show was fun, though we probably stayed out too late. Here's Andy hanging out with the locals.

 

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July 2010, Budapest // Hungry: Check this thing out.

 

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July 2010, Rome // Italy: Check this thing out.

 

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July 2010, Giza // Egypt: Actually, no this is still Rome. The show was fun, though felt like we were in a sauna for most of the week.

 

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July 2010, London // UK: Back to play Lovebox festival, though we almost missed the gig thanks to major British Airways Delays, plus some of our gear went missing before the show. A bit of a messy gig, but we somehow got through it. Very stressful, so afterwards we decided to slide down that big slide in the background.

 

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July 2010, New York // USA:  Back in the States. Our first stop is the Guggenheim museum. We've got a couple of days to hang out and sleep in the park.

 

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July 2010, New York // USA: Dave 1 from Chromeo and A-Trak. We just watched Kid Cudi and Best Coast perform a song, possibly inspired by shoes. We're touring with Chromeo through the UK in November which will be fun.

 

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July 2010, Philadelphia // USA: Daniel with Ninja from Die Antwoord. He actually told us he's a big fan of Kath and Kim. Maybe they're an angry South African version?

 

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July 2010 New York // USA: We found this book left in some dive bar in the Lower East Side. Not sure what it's about but judging by the cover it must be pretty good.

 

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August 2010, Stockholm // Sweden: Went back to Paris to do some recording, then a quick Scandinavian holiday. Had some fun in Denmark and Sweden.

 

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August 2010, Stockholm // Sweden: Not many taxis late at night.

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September 2010, Adelaide // Australia: The last date of Parklife. I went backstage to find Jarrod our monitors guy being wrestled by two girls in a pool of jelly. We can't take him anywhere.

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September 2010, Europe // Again: Probably like the 50th time I'd circled the globe in 2010. Was starting to lose sense of where I was or what was going on.

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October 2010, Teufelsberg // Germany:  Never mind the squatters or wild boar. Climb six stories up to the roof and you'll get some pretty amazing views of the surrounding Grunewald forest. Plus you can sing in these giant domes and sound like an alien.

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October 2010, Hamburg, Germany: One of the highlights of the trip for me was going to Miniatur Wunderland which is basically the hugest most detailed motion model of the world you could imagine, taking up 10 big rooms. I could have stayed here all week. Seriously.

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October 2010, On an Austrian highway // Somewhere: Dan getting a new tattoo either of a sword, a candle or a pencil. Having it inked on a moving bus gave it a slightly abstract quality.

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October 2010, Geneva // Switzerland: There's no photoshop here. We were just fooling around backstage with time on our hands. Glue and Nails are involved.

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October 2010, Barcelona // Spain: Back at Razzmatazz. Always loved this city since travelling here as a teenager alone with no money. Met up with DeLorean who took us out for amazing Tapas. I did a quick sketch of Daniel. Spot on, huh?

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November 2010, Dublin // Ireland: Chromeo Tour. Catching a ferry from the UK to Ireland. Mega windy conditions. Trying to recreate the Leo and Kate pose from the front of the Titanic; however it's more like a gay Danish couple excited to see their first Corrs concert.

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November 2010, Villa de Leyva // Colombia: Woke up one morning in this village and witnessed the spirit of Shakira. Ed's Note: !!!!

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November 2010, Toronto, Canada // Or maybe Chicago? Not sure which city so will set it in outerspace instead. Was quite interesting driving through this region. We also drove through Flint Michigan, which kind of looked how i expected it to look. American tour coming to an end.

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December 2010, Melbourne // Australia: We made it back home! Now to attempt to adjust back home. Moving into a new house so anyone tell me if they have a spare fridge. Actually this shot isn't even Melbourne, it's Santiago, because Daniel disappeared to Vietnam, as he does.

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HIYA // Oliver

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Recently, I wrote how disappointed I was with Duck Sauce remix for Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’. Then one week later I listened to the full remix EP and hated the other tracks even more (you can stream it here, although I don’t recommend it). Just when I had almost given up and thought that one of the best pop tracks of the year was going down without a good remix, Oliver saved the day.

 

The remix shares the same hairy 80s synth roots from ‘Night By Night’. So not only you will be hearing a synth solo when you least expected it, but it will be accompanied by distorted guitar. Oliver might feature zero La Roux but the extra use of P-Thugg’s talk box totally makes up for that. For those wanting to have a party that can only be described by the word “awesome” (or, as we call it, oi-some), I recommend this.

 

  Chromeo - Hot Mess (Oliver Remix)

 

If you don’t know Oliver, they are a band made up of none other than two Olivers. You might know them seperately as U-Tern (yes, the guy responsible for some of my favorite remixes and edits last year) and Oligee (responsible for producing hits for the likes of Flo Rida, Travie McCoy and Cobra Starship).

 

So far besides the remix, they have produced two tracks together, both of which were released as free downloads via their Soundcloud page. The first one is the delicious ‘All Night’, and while ‘Walk With Me’ sounds much harder, it's still equally danceable. Fans of synth disco must keep their eyes on this duo because I feel like they haven't even begun. 

 

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Duck Sauce remix for Chromeo is a Mess
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Yes A-Trak, we're sad about this one too

 

This is pretty disappointing. The long awaited Duck Sauce remix for Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ sounds so uninspired and repetitive that we wouldn’t have posted it if we hadn't already been talking about it for some time now.

 

The remix is basically a 10 second loop featuring a classic house beat and La Roux’s vocal for pretty much the entire 5 minute extension. The change comes when the producers decided to cut out the bass only to return it, two loops later. But the worst part has got to be the constant use of white noise to create that “dance floor exploding” moment, which clearly, never happens.

 

At least the remix is being giving away for free, so nobody has to pay for it…

 

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Chromeo as two hot messy cops

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What is happening with women lately? First they considered men a lower class in the latest Of Montreal and now they’ve become bullies in the new Chromeo video - at least we felt really entertained watching P-Thugg and David 1 get their sweaty asses spanked!

 

But before you get to see them walking around in towels and being tortured by good-looking women (who eventually do some synchronized swimming and choreographed dance wearing only leotards and police caps), you see the Chromeo boys as two lame cops that look as serious as any character from the ‘Police Academy’ films - literally a hot mess!

 

And, yes, it’s better to watch it than read about it so don’t spend another minute reading this and press the play button below.

 

Chromeo - Hot Mess

 

This kitsch beauty was directed by Jérémie Rozan, founder of Surface to Air.

 

As we told you on our Twitter, the single will come with a featuring from La Roux and remixes from Duck Sauce and Tiga. Do I need to ask if you guys are excited about that..?

 

Check some backstage pictures of 'Hot Mess' in the gallery below. Sweaty people all around!

 

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Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Barbra Streisand & friends
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Armand Van Helden and the Sauce

 

If you are Armand Van Helden or A-Trak, you've probably made some friends during your life. And when you're releasing a new single from your latest project that has the potential to be the most fun thing to happen in electronic music in the 2010, you might want to give those friends a call for a cameo spot in your video. And this is exactly what Duck Sauce’s duo did.

 

Directed by So-Me, the video recorded the duo during a week in New York City; partying, playing and chicken dancing whilst some musician friends give their own touch to the song. There is P-Thugg from Chromeo and his talk box, Ed Banger’s Mehdi mixing it, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig helping the chorus and many more including rappers, producers, indie rockers, graffiti writers and nightlife icons just being there, smiling and, from time to time, saying "Barbra Streisand" - but before you start wondering, Ms. Streisand herself only appears in the video in the form of an impersonator, at least 40 years younger than the real deal.

 

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PS. The single’s cover was created by Dust La Rock.

 

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P.P.S. If you want to know where they got their sample from, check Boney M’s ‘Gotta Go Home’. But we have to alert you that you will miss the “Barbara Streisand” bit.

 

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Aeroplane vs the World (aka Chromeo, Yuksek & Brodinski and Lady Gaga)

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Aeroplane’s debut album can be easily represented by ‘Superstar’, the new single - it's danceable, but it's not the normal disco track that you might expect. In fact, disco is probably in the minority of the several influences on this track. ‘Superstar’ mixes a psychedelic blues with a Daft Punk-like vocoder resulting in something both fresh and comfortable. But in case you can’t stand vocoders, there is a version made just for you.

 

What if the vocoder is swapped in with Chromeo’s Dave 1 and P-Thugg killing it via the talk box? Is that something you'd prefer? So this must be your lucky day, because Chromeo finally returned the favor of receiving two great remixes from Aeroplane by joining in on ‘Superstar’ with a new version that sounds a lot more like a camp 80s hairy metal song.

 

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And it doesn’t stop there. The Krays (Yuksek and Brodinski) deliver an electronic disco interpretation of the track that's probably going to get played to death – and we can’t wait for it. Using all the hooks available in the dance floor world (from sirens to piano breaks), this is probably their best remix so far.

 

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And have we talked about the video? We urge you not to feel extra smart just because you get it, cause the message is quite simple. Everybody in the world also realises who this message was sent for. Although knowing it is what makes the ‘Superstar’ video so much fun. Watch it below and help us decide how many meat dresses it takes to make a popstar.

 

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