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Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, the cruising style of Hall & Oates, and the talk-box perfection of Zapp and Roger’s “Computer Love”—these are some of the touchpoints for Chromeo, the self-proclaimed “only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” The Montreal-born duo established its opulent, if at times gimmicky, electronic pastiche of ’80s excess with the 2004 debut She’s in Control. Lead singer David Macklovitch’s husky falsetto stutters platitudes and come-ons, while new-age funkmaster P-Thugg engineers unerring approximations of glistening Cameo keyboard riffs and narrates via talk-box on hits like “Needy Girl.” Last year’s Business Casual is another well-executed experiment in back-to-the-’80s time travel; considering Chromeo has named the album’s supporting tour “Risky Business,” expect more of the same.
CHROMEO PERFORMS WITH MNDR AND THE SUZAN AT 7 P.M. (ALSO 8 P.M. SATURDAY) AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930.