Fancy Footwork: Deluxe Edition (a.k.a. Fancier Footwork)



        Have you ever been sitting around thinking to yourself, "80s music is awesome, but I've heard all 100 songs from every compliation ever enough times that I need something new"? Well, fear not, because Canadian Hip Hop duo Chromeo has managed to do the unthinkable--release new 80s music two decades later. I know, I know, when you think of Canadian hip hop, the first thing you think of is Snow, and I assure you, Chromeo are no Snow. For one, their album has more than three songs on it. Secondly, theres no talk of getting a cavity search.

        I think the main problem with most period revival music is the fact that not only the music, but the lyrics remain stuck in a time warp. Remember the swing revival? Most of the big "hits" were songs about Zoot Suits, and Jiving. When was the last time you listened to that? I thought so. Chromeo manages to keep away from that, singing instead about timeless concepts like girls and clubbing. What results is an 80s Party album that is both honest to its retro roots, but is fun enough to listen to among todays music.