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JLT-014 02/20/22
IAN ISIAH
MSR
MSR
IAN ISIAH

MSR

The newest single from Ian Isiah takes a lyric from his breakout track “N.U.T.S”, stretches it out, modulates it and turns it into a transcendent incantation. It’s an invitation as well — to make room in your life for the people that love you — repeated over as Ian’s band adds layers of crescendos, chops and flourishes. But to truly feel the power of “MSR”, you have to watch the video. Conceptualized by Ian and directed by Nick Harwood, it’s shot on a historic plantation in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Here, Ian makes room to connect with ancestors, to pay tribute to ancestors. A cinematic declaration, fittingly released at the heart of Black History Month.

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JLT-013 01/27/22
JULIEN GRANEL
Dress Code
Dress Code
JULIEN GRANEL

Dress Code

He’s Paris’ multicolor wunderkind, a beast on the keys, a natural on the mic and a magnetic presence on stage. It’s no wonder the City of Lights is abuzz about Julien Granel, who collaborates with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac one day and tours across Europe the next. But Julien is also a diligent student of the funk by way of the patrimonial French Touch. He claims that at 13 years-old, hearing DJ Mehdi & Chromeo’s “I Am Somebody” on Ed Banger’s Ed Rec Vol 1 was a formative musical moment. So much so that 15 years later he reached out to the Funklordz to send them music. They decided to release “Dress Code” on the spot: a meticulously composed puzzle of grooves that twits and turns, dipping into boogie, electro and even a few choice jazz chops. A vibrant slice of nu-funk that’s equally compelling with Julien’s crooning (in French, of course) as it is as an extended instrumental with additional production by Julien Galner of the cult synth-specialists Château Marmont.

 

1 Dress Code (Radio Edit)

2 Dress Code (Extended)

3 Dress Code (Extended Instrumental)

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JLT-012 11/15/21
CHOICES
Cybernetic
Cybernetic
CHOICES

Cybernetic

Choices is the supergroup of super-producers Oliver and Ryland Blackinton. Oliver helped shape the sound of contemporary electro-pop music; Ryland helps shape the sound of Oliver’s contemporary music. They work out of Chromeo’s Private Sector Studios in Burbank so it’s only right that we release this double-sided slice of slithering new-disco. “Cybernetic” is sophisticated dance floor frenzy, complete with Oliver’s signature drums and Ryland’s sleek guitar tricks. “Unite” is the moony comedown, the soundtrack to a hazy 6am stroll through a hotel corridor lined with food trays.

 

1 Cybernetic
2 Unite

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JLT-011 10/22/21
IAN ISIAH
SEE YOU
SEE YOU
IAN ISIAH

SEE YOU

The voice. Following his critically lauded AUNTIE gospel-funk opus (and its dancefloor-ready remixes), Ian Isiah returns with his most naked, open and vulnerable work yet. “SEE YOU” sees him flowing over nothing but an acoustic guitar: a minimalistic backdrop that allows his vocals to soar. Last week’s performance of the song on COLORS was nothing short of triumphant. It’s a bit of a stylistic turn for us here at Juliet (and yes the track is still produced by Chromeo), but what else do you expect from Ian? Witness Brooklyn’s pan-gender angel take flight.

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JLT-010 08/12/21
ONYX COLLECTIVE
Tango
Tango
ONYX COLLECTIVE

Tango

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.

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JLT-009 07/08/21
ONYX COLLECTIVE
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
ONYX COLLECTIVE

Hummingbird

Our second single from downtown New York’s polymorphous avant-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective is an early Sly/early Funkadelic-inspired psych-soul number called “Hummingbird.” The band had performed it around town for years and brought it to Chromeo for co-production. It took months of studio iterations to properly immortalize it on record. “Hummingbird” is long, dense, deeply melodic and as such, a total oddity in today’s playlist oriented ADD streaming market…which actually means that it’s doing everything right.

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JLT-008 05/07/21
ANOMALIE
Bend The Rules Deluxe EP
Bend The Rules Deluxe EP
ANOMALIE

Bend The Rules Deluxe EP

At the end of last year, we put out a 3-track synth-jazz odyssey by Montreal’s keyboard virtuoso Anomalie. Featuring Chromeo on vocals and talkbox, this collection of future beats now gets a stellar remix treatment from Stones Throw’s headnod whiz kid Mndsgn, Dutch electro-soul champion Full Crate, and the absolute broken-beat legend Vikter Duplaix. Also included are the winners of Anomalie’s remix contest: newcomers Brain Tan and Quizzo. All three original versions are in this package as well. These head nodders will blow your mind.

 

1 Bend The Rules (Mndsgn Remix)
2 Bend The Rules (Full Crate Remix)
3 Champ De Mars (Vikter Duplaix Remix)
4 Bend The Rules (Brain Tan Remix)
5 Bend The Rules (Quizzo Remix)
6 Bend The Rules (Mndsgn Remix Instrumental)
7 On My Mind
8 Bend The Rules
9 Champ De Mars

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JLT-007 12/02/20
ANOMALIE
Bend The Rules EP
Bend The Rules EP
ANOMALIE

Bend The Rules EP

Something brand new from Montreal’s keyboard whiz and jazz virtuoso, featuring Chromeo on every track. Anomalie came to our Burbank studio, we let him use all our gear and added vocals and talkbox. He then worked his production and engineering magic and voilà…vintage synths making future beats.

 

1 On My Mind
2 Bend The Rules
3 Champ De Mars

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JLT-006 10/23/20
IAN ISIAH
Princess Pouty Remixes
Princess Pouty Remixes
IAN ISIAH

Princess Pouty Remixes

In the first single of our remixes program, Ian Isiah’s funk slapper gets a massive disco-house rework from the legend Roger Sanchez, complete with piano stabs and lush string arrangements. DJ Haram flips the track into Terius Nash-style R&B with Middle Eastern percussions on top. DJ Leonce takes it back to the ballroom with some uptempo bounce.

 

1 Princess Pouty (Roger Sanchez Remix)
2 Princess Pouty (Roger Sanchez Remix) (Radio Edit)
3 Princess Pouty (DJ Haram Remix)
4 Princess Pouty (Leonce Remix)

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JLT-005 08/31/20
IAN ISIAH
AUNTIE
AUNTIE
IAN ISIAH

AUNTIE

Here it is in full, our marquee release for 2020. An ode to the auntie’s cultural significance: nurturing figure, moral arbiter, no-nonsense extravagant, a pillar in the Black community. All these personae are incarnated by Ian on this 7 song funk and R&B transmission where drum machines seamlessly mingle with live instrumentation. Meanwhile, his vocals soar: extra sweet, extra hood, just extra. A rhapsodist of the sacred and profane, aiming for pop superstardom. Listed by the New York Times as of of the best albums of 2020.

 

1 N.U.T.S (N*GG* U THE SH*T)
2 Princess Pouty
3 Can’t Call It
4 Bougie Heart (feat. Onyx Collective)
5 First Love
6 Lady Bug
7 Loose Truth

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JLT-004 08/17/20
IAN ISIAH
Princess Pouty
Princess Pouty
IAN ISIAH

Princess Pouty

Ian returns with a dancefloor-ready, feisty funk manifesto, full of sass and pomp. Over a fuzzy bass, synth stabs and Chromeo’s signature talkbox, he eulogizes the bratty attitude of “momma’s baby, daddy’s maybe.” This time, the video finds him in head-to-toe clown attire, roaming around a deserted Coney Island: a Commedia dell’ Arte reimagined, Brooklyn style.

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JLT-003 07/17/20
ONYX COLLECTIVE
Baby
Baby
ONYX COLLECTIVE

Baby

The first Juliet single by New York’s polymorphous avant-jazz ensemble, taken from a forthcoming project co-produced with Chromeo. “Baby” starts off as a sensuous, sinuous love ballad, then transforms into a complex auto-tuned vocal arrangement only to resolve in a three minute free jazz finale. This is downtown kids making music for adults.

 

1 Baby

2 Baby (Edit)

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JLT-002 07/03/20
IAN ISIAH
Loose Truth
Loose Truth
IAN ISIAH

Loose Truth

Recorded and filmed at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, this is Ian’s modern day gospel statement. Says Pitchfork: “‘This is my truth,’ he repeats, elevating the lyric to a mantra, his voice taking on a different flavor at every turn: soul, gospel, funk, R&B. The harmonies are impeccable, like a choir beamed directly into your skull.” The video features essential workers, activists, artists and family members from Ian’s community. In a moving finale, they share their truth directly to the camera.

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JLT-001 05/05/20
IAN ISIAH
N.U.T.S
N.U.T.S
IAN ISIAH

N.U.T.S

The debut single by Ian Isiah: the church-trained, pan-gender sex idol from Brooklyn. He’s been at the forefront of New York’s fashion scene for years and has lent his vocal talents to Blood Orange, both on tour and on record. “N.U.T.S (N*GG* U THE SH*T)” is a Chromeo-produced soul-funk number about self-acceptance, with an accompanying visual showcasing Ian in all his grandeur, meandering New York City’s empty streets.

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