Made in the Dark, Hot Chip

1st February 2008 at 00:00

Does electro music conjure images of lonely men wetting themselves over beat boxes and Moog synthesizers? Sad individuals in ironic tank tops who dream of a dystopian future where bleeping robots will iron their vests for them - mainly because they can no longer stand the humiliation of their mothers doing it?

Fret no longer. If anything can win converts to the electro cause it's Made in the Dark, the latest album from Hot Chip, a five-piece band from suburban London who are quite possibly the saviours of modern dance music.

With a dollop of Prince, a dash of Radiohead and a strong herbal infusion of The Beach Boys, Hot Chip prove there's life in the tired old "indie dance" genre yet, creating tunes that are as moving and lyrically interesting as the best rock 'n' roll, but with extra funkiness thrown in.

Tracks including "Shake a Fist", "Ready for the Floor" and "Don't Dance" showcase Alexis Taylor's smoky vocals playing over their trademark fizzy melodies. And if you really get the bug you could catch them at one of their upcoming live shows. On stage they look like five geeky schoolboys having an epileptic fit - but they sound banging.

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