Hot Chip: Electro-Pop With A Throbbing Heart

Hot Chip i

When Hot Clip slides into the chorus of "Take It In," the effect is unequivocally glorious. courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption courtesy of the artist
Hot Chip

When Hot Clip slides into the chorus of "Take It In," the effect is unequivocally glorious.

courtesy of the artist

Monday's Pick

  • Artist: Hot Chip
  • Song: "Take It In"
  • CD: One Life Stand
  • Genre: Electro-Pop

To hear a full concert by Hot Chip from this past weekend, click here.

Over the course of four albums, the British electro-pop group Hot Chip has developed a style in which it mixes sweaty, thumping club beats and quirky melodies with the sort of heart-on-sleeve confessionals that'd befit a sensitive singer-songwriter. It's a strange combination, but also a winning one; never before has the group nailed the formula quite the way it does in "Take It In," from Hot Chip's recent album One Life Stand.

The track kicks off on an ominous note, with a descending bass cadence and wonky atonal synth lines, as singer Alexis Taylor delivers harrowing lines about racing against time and searching for love as if he's in the throes of a fever dream. "My heart attack abates after midnight," he sings in his vulnerable tenor. "But I was in the need of attention."

That said, "Take It In" isn't all gothy doom-and-gloom. When Hot Clip slides into the chorus — all sweet multi-tracked harmonies, cool piano hooks and references to soaring like a dove — the effect is unequivocally glorious, like a peak-of-the-club-night moment that ought never to end.

Listen to yesterday's Song of the Day, and subscribe to the Song of the Day newsletter.

Purchase Featured Music

One Life Stand [CD/DVD]

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Album
One Life Stand [CD/DVD]
Artist
Hot Chip
Label
Astralwerks
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

 

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.