Hot Chip - C/D?

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This is the Hot Chip "Coming on strong"-thread. I think it's brilliant. Home-made sloppy r'n'b electronics with sensitive vocals. Not entirely unlike the Junior Boys. What do you think?

Hanna (Hanna), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 13:38 (eighteen years ago) link

not sure. played a few times hoping for it to change my world a la reviews in certain places. loved the single .. but rest of the lp sounds like an in-joke between mates to me .. very different to their first ep which was more typical guitar acoustics lo-fi stuff. will be trying the lp again tomorrow to see if i get the moshi moshi love thing going again. (i love other stuff on moshi and so feel weird not giving the Chip 100% ..)

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 13:43 (eighteen years ago) link

From their label I far prefer Unsound from the stuff I've heard. Greater use of texture.

flowersdie (flowersdie), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 13:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, it's definitely not change-the-world material, and completely un-dance-able, but quite possibly the best background music this millennium. ("Background music" in the term's very best sense, that is.)

Hanna (Hanna), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 13:47 (eighteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
This band is amazing! Why so little about then?

Sam Hunt (robosam), Sunday, 6 March 2005 06:14 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
Agreed love their "No More Master" on the Kitsune X comp.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Biiig ol' C. I love these guys, especially "Sexual Chocolate" and the Four Tet remix of "The Ass Attack."

Telephonething, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:56 (seventeen years ago) link

they are nice people, well the 2 i have met are. THeyre good live too

ambrose (ambrose), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 19:51 (seventeen years ago) link

"Bad Luck" is amazing, a year later.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Thursday, 7 April 2005 04:55 (seventeen years ago) link

what's their EP on Victory Garden like?

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Thursday, 7 April 2005 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link

very diff to the lp.

a lot more acoustic .. no electro toys in use ...


mark e (mark e), Thursday, 7 April 2005 06:32 (seventeen years ago) link

The album was a big summer favourite of mine last year - it soundtracked hot lazy days really well - but the appeal wore off over the autumn. Definitely a "used groove" for me, as Grandmaster Flash used to say.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:02 (seventeen years ago) link

this is proto dud

Joris (rizzx), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:46 (seventeen years ago) link

i got tired of the flipflopping clever/irreverent then tender/sincere lyrics. liked the music and voices a lot. and feel they'll improve with age. a good start but not C or D.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 7 April 2005 18:43 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
Classic summer album. Playboy is an excellent driving song:

Driving in my Peugeot heyyeah
20 inch rims with the chrome now heyyeah
Blazing out Yo La Tengo heyyeah
Driving around Putney with the top down heyyeah


pinder (pinder), Thursday, 28 July 2005 03:35 (seventeen years ago) link

i love "shining escalade"!

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 28 July 2005 03:39 (seventeen years ago) link

"sexual chocolate"!!

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Thursday, 28 July 2005 03:40 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...
new EP "barbarian" is more excellent stuff from hot chip. 4 songs.

"no fit state" is the high point.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:57 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

everything i've heard by this lot has been ace so far.

what's the score? do they have a proper album out?
the track that DFA remixed is called 'just like we'. that's ace too.

piscesboy, Monday, 19 December 2005 13:40 (sixteen years ago) link

they have two albums and a new ep.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 19 December 2005 13:41 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I was totally going to start a "Hot Chip suck" thread but it turns out nobody really cares about them. I like the Beta Band and Junior Boys, so you think this would work but it doesn't. It fucking sucks. Boring.

Zwan (miccio), Sunday, 15 January 2006 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Into my slsk queue it goes

disco violence (disco violence), Monday, 16 January 2006 00:22 (sixteen years ago) link

totally agreed Zwan. I don't get it either. Piffle. Drivel. Slop. putrid excrement smeared on fried bread.

GALKIN (GALKIN), Monday, 16 January 2006 01:34 (sixteen years ago) link

i like it quite a lot

nervous (cochere), Monday, 16 January 2006 01:36 (sixteen years ago) link

this record is terrible. do we really need a breathy, "sincere" ween?

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Monday, 16 January 2006 02:36 (sixteen years ago) link

millions of post-grads etc.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Monday, 16 January 2006 02:49 (sixteen years ago) link

"etc." = can't be wrong?

disco violence (disco violence), Monday, 16 January 2006 04:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh man. Wait. Does it get worse after the first two tracks? 'Cause if that's the case, for possibly the first time ever, ILM's hatred isn't being hyperbolic enough.

disco violence (disco violence), Monday, 16 January 2006 04:31 (sixteen years ago) link

i'm not wild about Coming on Strong, but "Over and Over" is the fucking shit and i bet the DFA produced album is great. their latest live shows were supposedly great

sovietpanda (sovietpanda), Monday, 16 January 2006 05:47 (sixteen years ago) link

This album is soooo bad... perhaps worse than The Eagles Of Death Metal.

Dom iNut (donut), Monday, 16 January 2006 06:34 (sixteen years ago) link

the live show (back during cmj) was AWFUL, i left after 3 songs. a whole bunch of messy crap soul whining/cowbell banging singer wearing sunglasses/unattractive man wanking on some kind of microkorg-nord lead atrocity.

i can't think back to this experience without cringing.

bell labs (bell_labs), Monday, 16 January 2006 18:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought they weren't bad live. It's when I checked out the album that i was unimpressed.

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 16 January 2006 19:18 (sixteen years ago) link

the only track of theirs that I really like is "just like we (breakdown)" .... probably because it's sincere in its sappiness ... the joke factor of their other stuff turns me off.

Renard (Renard), Monday, 16 January 2006 19:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't be mean to Hot Chip, you guys!

nancyboy (nancyboy), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 11:07 (sixteen years ago) link

haha uh I like this a lot

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 11:15 (sixteen years ago) link

"etc." = can't be wrong?

no, have a need for a breathy, "sincere" Ween. I have not yet tried the CD myself.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 11:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I quite like Hot Chip. Over and Over was one of my favourite songs of the latter part of 2005.

klee (klee), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 12:27 (sixteen years ago) link

what record are you all on about?

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 12:48 (sixteen years ago) link

hot chip, "coming on strong"

do you like it?

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 12:57 (sixteen years ago) link

i've not heard it - has it been reissued? they were fkn great when i saw them live.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 13:17 (sixteen years ago) link

DFA / Astralwerks just put it out in the U.S.

there's also the Over and Over / Just Like We single, which I guess is a preview of their second record

Renard (Renard), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I have a Hot Chip cdr release from over 3 years ago. Can I sell it for hundreds of pounds?

adamrl (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:24 (sixteen years ago) link

It's sad that Hot Chip gets full distribution, but Clor still can't get a U.S. deal with any label...(although maybe they've turned down offers from smaller U.S. labels as far as I know..)

Dom iNut (donut), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:26 (sixteen years ago) link

it's all about the DFA remix of "Just Like We (Breakdown)" which no doubt should get x-posted to that sad techno thread.

imbidimts, Tuesday, 17 January 2006 19:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic for getting the NME to embarrass themselves even more than usual by coining the term "slapcore."

telephone thing, Tuesday, 17 January 2006 19:29 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
"The Warning" has leaked </Orson>

team jaxon (jaxon), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 05:30 (sixteen years ago) link

i was surprised at some of the hatred for this group, but i haven't heard any of the older material. i figured this would be something the ILMassive would love. "Just like We (Breakdown)" & "No Fit State" are really standing out so far.

team jaxon (jaxon), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 05:32 (sixteen years ago) link

as i said before, "no fit state" is huge

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 05:58 (sixteen years ago) link

where did it leak to? it's not on oink
and i'm excited

nervous (cochere), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 06:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Massively underwhelmed on first listen but it gets a lot better, though still not great. I was really getting into it until I played In Our Heads again and realised what a step down it was.

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Friday, 29 May 2015 12:59 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I'm not too keen on this either. I thought "Huarache Lights" was a pretty weak single too.

tayto fan (Michael B), Friday, 29 May 2015 13:05 (seven years ago) link

Definitely a step down from the last two albums but still really enjoyable. I like every song on their but it could do with a few more big moments like Let Be He Him or Flutes. I think the Pitchfork review was about right when they said it's the fourth best Hot Chip album.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 29 May 2015 13:52 (seven years ago) link

Huarache Lights, Started Right and the title track are the keepers for me. KP OTM about the lack of big moments though. It's all happening within a narrow bandwidth. And much though I love the band I've never quite come around to Alexis's voice but I love Joe's. In Our Heads had the perfect Alexis:Joe balance. This one doesn't.

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Friday, 29 May 2015 13:54 (seven years ago) link

Just read the Pitchfork review. Nails it.

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Friday, 29 May 2015 13:56 (seven years ago) link

It also moves towards a slightly sparser sound than the last record and that really doesn't do Alexis any favours.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 May 2015 14:11 (seven years ago) link

It's weird to have a band where I love the songwriting and sound so much that I'm a fan despite disliking the lead singer (the voice, not the person).

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Friday, 29 May 2015 15:34 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Need You Know is a banger. Highlight of this one for me.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:58 (seven years ago) link

Now not Know

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:58 (seven years ago) link

Love this band, but still haven't given the latest album much time, in no small part because seeing the Need You Now name immediately makes me think of the Cut Copy song.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:01 (seven years ago) link

No, if anything it sounds like Moby being remixed by Delorean. Listen to it. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfH5LmhvQQk

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:38 (seven years ago) link

Oh, I've heard it, just haven't really gone back to the album. I'd still rather listen to Cut Copy's "Need You Now."

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 26 July 2015 13:00 (seven years ago) link

I still really like the album but I was obsessed with One Life Stand and In Our Heads when they came out and it just hasn't been the same this time round. It needs a few more Flutes/Let Me Be Him/Don't Deny Your Heart moments.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 26 July 2015 14:33 (seven years ago) link

lol i already get cut copy and hot chip confused as it is, this is just going to make it worse

D-30 (gr8080), Monday, 27 July 2015 14:14 (seven years ago) link

like just now i was like "wtf is moka talking about, 'need you now' is like 4 years old"

D-30 (gr8080), Monday, 27 July 2015 14:15 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Nobody interested in the Joe Goddard album? Last Hot Chip album was a bit disappointing, but this is up there with with One Life Stand in the Hot Chip canon.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 April 2017 14:29 (five years ago) link

i just put this on out of curiosity and i love it

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 24 April 2017 14:34 (five years ago) link

Yeah it's great, expanding the roster of singers was a very smart move.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 April 2017 15:41 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Goddard's "Electric Lines" is great, hope it doesn't get totally lost/ignored in the infinite shuffle.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:35 (five years ago) link

Definitely one of my most listened to albums of the year so far

groovypanda, Monday, 4 September 2017 07:50 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

After the high of Goddard's album, Alexis Taylor's new one is something of a disappointment.

groovypanda, Friday, 4 May 2018 10:15 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Back to being classic based on first listen, lush second summer of love vibe to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJh_tYip-ns

Dan Worsley, Friday, 5 April 2019 07:40 (three years ago) link

There’s a rather clever narrative video too, but doesn’t foreground the track, though will be the one to get attention.*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOnMZALLQPk

*see it worked

Dan Worsley, Friday, 5 April 2019 07:43 (three years ago) link

That's a great video, as good as "I Feel Better."

I should relisten to "Why Make Sense," I don't remember a thing about it, though Joe Goddard's last album was great.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 April 2019 11:43 (three years ago) link

I saw Hot Chip at Glastonbury after Why Make Sense came out. IIRC they didn't play a single song from it.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 April 2019 11:47 (three years ago) link

I could have sworn the last couple of times through town here they only played festivals, so maybe they have a sequenced "hits" set?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 April 2019 11:57 (three years ago) link

WMS' title track is one of their best songs imho

Simon H., Friday, 5 April 2019 12:07 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

My exceptions were weirdly low for the new album considering they were one of my favourite bands going during the One Life Stand/In Our Heads eras, but I'm really enjoying it. The second half in particular is so strong.

kitchen person, Saturday, 22 June 2019 04:50 (three years ago) link

Is it just me or do the first two songs have pretty much the same vocal melody in the chorus?

Matt DC, Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:39 (three years ago) link

1) Thank you for reminding me that this is now out.
2) I had no idea that Philippe Zdar worked on it, RIP.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 22 June 2019 12:46 (three years ago) link

okay, at least on this day I love this album so much I played it a second time right after I played it the first time.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:37 (three years ago) link

its hard to think of a band that more desperately needs to release a live album

ufo, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:55 (three years ago) link

or, for that matter, a band whose recorded output gives no real indication of how great they are as a live act.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 22 June 2019 16:17 (three years ago) link

they did a live album nine years ago:

http://bpm-sfx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/livealexandrapalace1011-840x560.jpg

(and an itunes-only live EP in 2008)

agree that they should have two live albums a year though

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 22 June 2019 19:24 (three years ago) link

okay, at least on this day I love this album so much I played it a second time right after I played it the first time.

― Josh in Chicago

Yeah, I've played this album three times today and it's such a delight. Those last four songs are really doing it for me, especially Why Does My Mind.

kitchen person, Sunday, 23 June 2019 01:27 (three years ago) link

I see they’ve also joined ranks with lcd in having godawful album art.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Sunday, 23 June 2019 13:49 (three years ago) link

I don't think they've ever had really great artwork, but yes this is a particular low point for them.

kitchen person, Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:53 (three years ago) link

Coming On Strong and The Warning are fine, they have a good ~brand identity~ that fits the band's semi-tentative sound at the time. The no-copy-the-same-colour gag on the last one was fun, or would have been in record shops (the bonus EP only came if you bought direct from EMI in Australia). The new one is atrocious.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:04 (three years ago) link

Surprising how poor a lot of their artwork is when you look at their videos. They clearly have a visual sense but is best realised in a performative medium.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:22 (three years ago) link

watching a live session rn and the front half of the band are wearing suits made out of the album art, Split Enz-style

Alexis' hair is even dyed to match it

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 24 June 2019 20:30 (three years ago) link

I find this album kind of boring, tbqh

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 03:29 (three years ago) link

'Positive' and 'Why Does My Mind' are the highlights for me.

KevRus, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 23:54 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Another great video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24XoV5kSkks

groovypanda, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 11:00 (three years ago) link

Ah, that's so great. People really slept on how great the new album is.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 13:39 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

The Joe Goddard/Amy Douglas side project Hard Feelings' album is smart, sassy dance pop. Recommended for anyone missing Jessie Ware or Roisin Murphy.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 6 November 2021 14:58 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

New one is really great, especially the title track. Seems like a lot of people have fallen off with these guys, but I think they're still putting out some really great records.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:13 (two weeks ago) link

Case in point: love this group but did not know they had a new record. But now I do!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 September 2022 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

The new album's good!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

I need to spend more time with the new one. It feels like they peaked with One Life Stand and In Our Heads, but those last two albums were really good. They're still yet to put out a bad album.

kitchen person, Thursday, 15 September 2022 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

first posted this on the Cup Copy thread by mistake

I played the new album Feaksout/Release over the weekend and it was decent. Not really a fan of the lead single but liked the album. First time have checked out something new by them and will revisit at some point this year.

Bee OK, Monday, 3 October 2022 18:50 (two days ago) link


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