Good Luck Getting Chromeo’s New Song “Jealous” Out Of Your Head

The lovably over-the-top production duo are back with a new, super-polished album. But they’re still just schmucks.

Chromeo — the Canadian duo who’ve been in the Hall & Oates-indebted funk game for a decade — will release a new album called White Women in May. It’ll be their first album in four years, and according to lead vocalist Dave 1, will unveil a “new Chromeo: poppier perhaps, but more high octane, turbo-charged funk.”

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2. The album’s opening track, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It),” is debuting today on BuzzFeed.

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3. The song’s melody is big and cocky, but its lyrics are all about being a fool.

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Dave explains: “Guys are all schmucks, let’s face it. I don’t know why music constantly extols this fictitious macho fantasy persona — we’re all just puny insecure oversize children. And it would be funnier to embrace it.”

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4. Listen closely 30 seconds in — that pre-chorus was inspired by Wyclef and Mary J. Blige’s slept-on 2000 duet “911,” which Dave heard at a strip club in Jamaica while he was writing.

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5. At first, Chromeo’s P-Thugg thought “Jealous” was “too Katy Perry.”

Chromeo worked on the song in L.A. with Oliver, another production duo. Oliver came up with its “Teenage Dream”-style guitar riff, and Chromeo initially rejected the idea. Eventually, they got into how something so pop could blend with the classic Chromeo sound: slap bass and synths.

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6. Sometimes, it just takes dudes awhile to get over themselves.

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But it doesn’t always sound this good when they do.

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7. Update — Mar. 18, 10:30 a.m. ET: “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” now has a great video. Watch Chromeo be scummy in a wedding chapel:

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