This is the first song that Onyx Collective’s bandleader and composer Isaiah Barr brought to Chromeo for production, the first time Chromeo worked on producing another band and the first record that gave Dave and Pee the idea to start this very label. “Tango” is a true slice of jazz-funk, something harkening back to the Brand New Heavies era or New York’s legendary Giant Step parties and yet, because it is written and performed by a crew of vibrant twentysomethings, everything about this record is firmly grounded in downtown NY’s present. Here, the whole ensemble shines: Princess Nokia’s spoken word intro sets the stage for another one of Julian Soto’s superb harmony-laden vocal performances; Isaiah Barr’s horn arrangements and Isaac Sleator’s keys provide the necessary flourishes and all the while, the rhythm section of Austin Williamson and Felix Pastorius effortlessly bops along, like a sunny strut down Canal St.
Written by: Isaiah Barr, Julian Soto, Felix Pastorious, Austin Williamson, Isaac Sleator, Jack Guilelmetti
Performed by: Isaiah Barr, Julian Soto, Felix Pastorious, Austin Williamson, Isaac Sleator, Jack Guilelmetti, Coleman Hugues, Princess Nokia, Chromeo
Produced by: Onyx Collective, Chromeo
Engineered by: Al Carlson, Mike Swoop, Chromeo
Mixed by: Brian Phillips
Mastered by: Dave Collins
Artwork: Lucien Smith