In a world where live instrumentation continuously fights for its old soul, Chromeo could be perceived as the antithesis to the struggle. Then again, on their synth-heavy follow-up Fancy Footwork (Vice), Chromeo wears their millennium shoes to tap on an ’80s dancefloor in a ’70s club. Three years ago, the Canadian duoP-Thugg and Dave 1strutted their stuff with their debut Shes In Control. A blend of electro-pop and soul-driven basslines, Control brought forth hits like Needy Girl and Youre So Gangsta radiating a back to the future edge. Fans readily gravitated towards the Montreal b-boysyounger kids for the new experience, older kids for the memories. This time around, Chromeo is far more experimental. Starting with the Intro and its interpolated Wizard of Oz oh wee oh (as Chro-meo), its evident that the work is dramatically different from the first release. If the group channeled Ladytron and Robert Palmer the first time around, then lets just say that Prince and Hall & Oates were the artists of choice for Fancy Footwork. However, while some artists get tangled in the web of their record collections, Chromeo merely tastes without going back for seconds. The title track blares sirens like the mean streets of an 80s movie, combined with thunderclaps, tambourines, and synthesizers, as female vocals hum two step, two step. The hint of early Hip-Hop and spurts of freestyle boasts the duos diversity. Add that with P-Thuggs signature affair with the talkbox, and the missions complete. Songs like Outta Sight and Call Me Up present very Princely beats along with an air of The Time. Other shoulder shifters include 100%, Opening Up, and My Girl Is Calling Me (A Liar), where P-Thugg actually carries on a conversation with Dave 1 using the talkboxskills! The only low point on Footwork is the misplaced Mommas Boy. While it could easily fit into any Molly Ringwald film, the lack of excitement and strange lyrics make it a little too questionable for an otherwise solid work. Like many bands blasting through genre-plastered walls, Chromeos task is maintaining an audience who may not recall the sounds they are paying homage to. Still, as evolution is obvious, Fancy Footwork may just continue the buzz already circulating around this talented pair.