Released by Astralwerks
Eight tracks deep into One Life Stand, Hot Chip delivers "We Have Love." I doubt you'll read anywhere that "We Have Love" is the standout moment on what is a decidedly solid album, but the song bears mention because it is the aural equivalent of Alvin & The Chipmunks' brains... on the Prodigy. That's the (as yet unmentioned) winning formula that makes Hot Chip, and One Life Stand in particular, palatable for such a widely diverse audience. Their electronic sensibilities appeal to danceheads, and yet the hyperkinesis is gentle enough to evoke the huggable nature of childhood ADHD. Slow-burner "Keep Quiet," allegedly a response to the guys being moved by Susan Boyle's dramatic turn on Britain's Got Talent, brings to mind the moody atmospherics of Massive Attack and Sneaker Pimps.