Hot Chip! Oh how this British electronic group makes me so happy! Already onto their sixth album, Hot Chip continues to dazzle us with their unique style of dance music; though some of the quirky they are know for is not as apparent and they bask in 80s stylized beats, it’s still damn good dance music! And here’s their official video for my absolute favorite song from Why Make Sense?, “Need You Now!
For Blurt Magazine:
Album: Why Make Sense?
Release Date: May 19, 2015
The UK quintet returns with their sixth album, and with each release Hot Chip seems to slightly warp their sound and tap into different influences while maintaining their quirky core. Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor continue to share vocal duties with Taylor’s gentle falsetto guiding most of the songs, effortlessly adding a soulful layer to each track .
Why Make Sense is a cool and collected album that will easily induce dancing—such as with “Easy To Get;” an upbeat song that starts quietly with plucky bass, guitar and high synths before transitioning to a house mix for the last 40 seconds. It ends too soon. “Need You Now,” the second single from the album, is a happily sad song that includes a sample from ‘80s R&B group Sinnamon; the powerful voice of Barbara Fowler echoes “I need you now” as Taylor quietly begins, “tired of being myself.”
The weak moments on Why Make Sense are few: “Love Is The Future” is an atypical pop song, and “Cry For You” is a high octane song in which the slower bridge doesn’t quite flow with the chorus. Nevertheless, Why Make Sense revels in ‘80s dance, R&B, hip hop and pop throughout straddles between sheer musical delight and melancholy as the upbeat music balances earnest lyrics.
DOWNLOAD: “Huarache Lights,” “Dark Night,” “Need You Now”