Last Night: Cramming Into Chloe 81 for Chromeo's Album-Release Party

Last Night: Cramming Into Chloe 81 for Chromeo's Album-Release Party
The men of the hour, and their adoring public. Pics by Puja, more below.
The men of the hour, and their adoring public. Pics by Puja, more below.

Last night's Chromeo release party was a real family affair. The Montreal pop-funk duo celebrated the release of their third album, Business Casual, at the Lower East Side's hidden Chloe 81 (which is still not the new Beatrice Inn); the door was guest-list-only, and a snarky, suited bouncer stood alongside Cornerstone Promotion's much more laid-back list guy, both gentlemen coolly monitoring the scene and smoking cigarettes. Inside was the only kind of VIP situation we can get behind.

Down a set of grimy stairs and behind double doors, the lounge was filled to the brim. Candlelight flickered over a crowd of DJs, industry types, and packed booths playing host to gaggles of girls. Fool's Gold's Sammy Bananas and super-babe DJ Lindsey manned the turntables, unfortunately tucked in a corner next to the kitchen that sent out hors d'oeuvres. Two bartenders -- both dressed as some sort of mod sexy librarian -- served up free Bushmills whiskey, each drink handed to you with a custom Business Casual paper napkin, complete with sketches of the group's P-Thugg and Dave 1. Dave 1 himself towered above the crowd, shaking hands and making jokes with seemingly everyone who passed him by.

A cocktail waitress carrying a tray of mini water bottles passed by as we were accosted by our first tipsy patron of the evening. "New York is such a golf-clap city," he sighed while adjusting his button-down cardigan. He mumbled some apology about how he's always the only one having fun, and we politely excused ourselves. As always, people-watching is most of the fun at these things -- especially when such a mix of suits, artists, and fans are thrown together in one tiny, tiny basement. We spotted the gorgeous Kid Sister chatting with A-Trak, Dante Ross and Neal Santos having a drink, and Armand Van Helden looking almost exactly like he must have 20 years ago -- the hipster version of a hi-top fade and all. The recently tweaked Ninjasonik (Death Set drummer Japhet has replaced long-time DJ Teenwolf) sat in a corner by P-Thugg, who, as always, took a low-key role in it all. "I heard that Felix da Housecat is here too," notes the group's publicist, Dana Meyerson. We spotted Dave 1 and headed over for a congratulatory handshake -- he kissed me on the cheek and joked about a photo op: "Want one of me and A-Trak? What about Dante Ross? He's the man! Really, I'm just happy to see everyone come out for this!" Grinning all the while, of course. Chromeo, we really do love you.

Telephoned, telephoning
Telephoned, telephoning
Ninjasonik, retooled
Ninjasonik, retooled
Armand Van Helden (right), pointing
Armand Van Helden (right), pointing
Dave 1 works the room
Dave 1 works the room
The infamous napkins
The infamous napkins

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