If you’ve heard their songs in a club, you know that Dave 1 and P-Thugg are experts in getting people moving on the dancefloor. Their sound channels the ’80s in a way that’s both playful and respectful—without being overly derivative—a result of the duo’s musically rich upbringing in Montreal, Canada, crate digging and eventually producing. (Dave 1 is also the younger brother of the famed DJ A-Trak.)
The duo has released five studio albums, from 2004 debut She’s in Control through last summer’s Head Over Heels. Add these songs to your summer playlist, then head to Brooklyn Bowl to witness the bona fide lovin’, live.
“Green Light” [remix] (2017) When Lorde dropped this anthemic track, it signaled a more mature sound for the New Zealand pop star by way of its theatrical, you-can-do-anything climax. The Chromeo remix gives it a different feel entirely, injecting it with slick basslines and swift percussion that make it feel richer, bolder and definitely groovier. If the original captures the uncertainty of new horizons after leaving a bad thing behind, the Chromeo remix embodies the confident second chapter.
“Don’t Sleep” (2018) Featuring hip-hop heavyweight French Montana and British rapper Stefflon Don, this track embraces the old-school vibes for which Chromeo is known but switches things up with an earworm chorus primed for Top 40 radio. Like a frozen margarita served poolside, “Don’t Sleep” is funky, refreshing and perfect for summer days.
“Night by Night” (2010) If ever a song conjured up all the best imagery from the 1980s, this is it, featuring flashy synths, syncopated beats and a smoother- than-smooth chorus. This track could fit in a redux of just about anything from the decade. Footloose remake? Easy. He-Man reboot? Totally. Even Dirty Dancing could be reimagined with a bit of Chromeo’s fancy footwork.
Chromeo with Touch Sensitive June 18, 8 p.m., $30-$35. Brooklyn Bowl, 702-862-2695.