Artists of the week: Hot Chip
As one of the most distinctive and consistent acts of the new millennium that combines dance music (mostly house, hip-hop and techno), indie (folk, R&B and pop) and deeply invocative lyrics and vocals (thanks to the contrasting voices of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard), the quality of Hot Chip releases and gigs has been taken for granted for more than a decade now. With a superlative trio of albums released by New York based iconic label DFA Records (2006’s effusive The Warning, 2008’s focused Made In The Dark and 2010’s warmer One Life Stand), music videos that have become absolute classics of the format and live performances that are case studies of beat-driven improvisations, Hot Chip are also one of the rare bands able to balance their kinetic and confessional sides.
After the release of a more experimental record (2012’s In Our Heads), Hot Chip are back with Why Make Sense?, a stripped down affair that manages to be their most fun, danceable, sexy and open-hearted collection of songs to date. Why go out when this one knocker brings the club straight to you?
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.