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She's in Control (Vice)

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Servicing a talk box with Bambi Woods-like smoothness, the Canadian duo Chromeo stars Vice magazine's rap editor Dave 1 (he's A-Trak's older sibling) as a Casanova MC wannabe and his gold-grilled associate, Pee Thug, who chimes in with enough synths to power a Third World country.

Two years ago, the duo slid across the border with "You're So Gangsta," a swerving breakdown of sax-and-sex extravagance that was later reworked for Tiga's lauded DJ-Kicks entry. It's included on their debut, She's in Control, alongside eight more stealthy, top-down rockers such as "Needy Girl." There is scant arguing that this shit is not disposable -- it's '80s-era, 21st-century, born-again dance music, with less glitter and kitsch and more hetero appeal than Junior Senior's. That said, the album is a fun and occasionally humorous tribute to lust and dancing for the Spider-Pussy set -- sleek and sticky funk that should prove impossible to tune out, until it becomes a boutique fashion statement.

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