New Music Report: Hot Chip


Kevin O'Donnell breaks down the latest disc from British electro-pop gurus Hot Chip in this week's New Music Report. Since 2000, the group has delivered four albums packed with danceable tracks with brains and a heart. One Life Stand boasts 10 songs that thump with house beats and feature intricate melodies performed with the precision of a classical orchestra. "Take It In" starts with ominous synths and gloomy basslines before gliding into a pretty, angelic chorus where Alexis Taylor sings about how his heart can fly like a dove. "Thieves in the Night" pairs a strutting beat and Flock of Seagulls-style synths with a dark narrative that sounds like a modern take on a Brothers Grimm tale.

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