Hot Chip unveils a new moody single entitle “Dark & Stormy” – a spooky dance tune that swirls and swarms while still retaining Hot Chip’s brand of Pop.
Four Tet steps up take on Hot Chip’s soulful track “Look At Where We Are” transforming it into a playful and hypnotic house track. The last two-thirds of the track is really when Four Tet begins to dig deep into the land of the vibes.
Hot Chip’s fifth album “In Our Heads” is like their past 4 albums melded into one and distilled down to all that is great about Hot Chip. They touch upon every extreme in their repertoire – from their deep dancefloor vibes (“Flutes”) to their soulful side (“Look at Where We Are”) to their power-pop/songwriter side.
“Dont Deny Your Heart” dives into that epic power-pop side of Hot Chip with its playful synths and its modulating chord progression. It is a song that nods at tracks like Christopher Cross’ “All Right” and Andrew Gold’s “Lonely Boy” while still retaining that synth-nerd vibes that Hot Chip is known for. I am especially a big fan of the angular, Devo-esque outro. “In Our Heads” is definitely Hot Chip’s most self-indulgent album, a work that allowed them to stroke every facet of their musical egos – something I am not mad about.
Be sure to check out a live rendition of “Don’t Deny Your Heart” that the band performed on the Jools Holland Show a few weeks back. It really comes to life, especially with their lovely female drummer.
I have slowly become a fan of Hot Chip. I am starting to understand their vibe and aesthetic and they are definitely doing a good job paying homage to all the 80s British New Wave acts. My fav tune of their’s is “The Warning”, I just love the glockenspiel, the programmed beats as well as the lyrical themes.
This new tune “One Life Stand” is a dark new wave track that reminds me of OMD/Human League- looking forward to their new album coming out February Twenty-Ten.
After the jump check out BBC’s Synth Britannia Documentary. A film that dives into the history and legacy of the synthesizer and how it transformed pop music forever.