Today, Funklordz duo Chromeo have released a new co-produced EP with fellow Montreal producer/artist, Anomalie, titled Bend The Rules. Dropping via Chromeo’s new imprint, Juliet Records – in partnership with their longtime label, Last Gang Records – the three-track EP showcases Anomalie’s signature beats-heavy jazz throughout, dressed in the analog synth textures that the Funklordz are known for.
“Working on Bend The Rules with Chromeo made me feel like I was finally reunited with my long lost cousins from Montreal,” says Anomalie. “The blend of Dave and Pee’s funkiness, stellar vocals and talkbox chops with my keyboard layers and arrangement approach is something I’m so happy and proud of. To release this feels not only exciting, but like it was meant to happen!”
Anomalie is in a singular position: his fanbase is a combination of the new jazz muso scene (Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Louis Cole), the soulful beats scene (FKJ, Masego, Tom Misch) and the post dubstep electronic scene (Griz, Odesza, Opiuo). He’s at once a piano virtuoso, a keyboard whiz and a skilled producer and songwriter that has toured worldwide and performed at the likes of Red Rocks and Electric Forest Festival.
“We’ve been following Anomalie’s career for years and to us, he’s in the lineage of the great 80s Montreal jazz fusion bands we used to listen to growing up, like UZEB: unapologetically technical, but funky as hell,” reflects Chromeo. “We love the way he built his career and cultivated his fanbase organically, without any help or hype. So we hit him up to come to Burbank, let him freak all our synths, followed his lead…and the Bend The Rules EP was born. We’re thrilled to release a project with an artist from our hometown on our very own label, Juliet.”
Artwork c/o Mat Maitland