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Why Make Sense?

English electro-pop crew grows up, stays funky, with plenty of disco beats

Hot Chip

On their sixth LP, Hot Chip look back toward their disco, soul and funk rootstocks. The clavinet on "Started Right" is straight-up Seventies Stevie Wonder, dressed in disco strings; "Love Is the Future" crosses Minneapolis funk with Motor City techno and an old-school verse from De La Soul's Posdnuos. This is dance music, handmade. "Machines are great, but best when they come to life," Alexis Taylor sings on the wistful "Huarache Lights." Here, they do.


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