So far, electro-pop funkateers Chromeo have teased their new album White Women with a series of certifiably slinky dance floor jams — like the Toro y Moi featuring “Come Alive” and the drop dead sexy, but cheekily neurotic, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” — but the duo bust out the Kleenex on their latest cut, “Ezra’s Interlude,” featuring vocals from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.
The cut opens like one of Koenig’s own somber piano ballads, recalling Modern Vampires of the City standout “Hannah Hunt”, with Koenig and Chromeo frontman Dave 1 trading lovelorn lyrics over tickled ivories and distant percussion. A steady disco beat and plucky synth flourishes open up the song about halfway through, but not even that kind of surefire groove can mend the pair’s aching hearts: “I never wanna be the last to know,” Dave 1 sings, “so I guess I’ll just go back to laying low.”
This isn’t the first time Chromeo and Koenig have paired up, with the latter lending his voice to “I Could Be Wrong,” a bonus cut on the digital edition of the duo’s last album, 2010’s Business Casual. Koenig is one of a slew of guests slated to appear on White Women along with Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick, Solange, former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and singer Tawatha Agee of Mtume, whose hit “Juicy Fruit” was sampled for Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Juicy.”
During a chat with Rolling Stone last year, Chromeo described White Women as “Larry David funk,” meaning, as Dave 1 put it, “a combination of sexy, funky, macho music with neurotically love-torn lyrics.” White Women, the duo’s fourth LP, will see release on May 12th.