When URB interviewed Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard last winter about the band’s latest album, One Life Stand, the “bearded one” in the band promised some thumping remixes to come from the album. This is NOT that remix. Ghostly International’s best kept secret, Todd “Osborne” Osborn, divvies up Hot Chip’s already breezy vocal harmonies into a house groove so delicate you’re almost afraid to touch it. Add in a string melody reminiscent of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and you’ve got pure seven minutes in heaven.
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.
Whoever made the decision to utilize Carl Craig as the techno remixer dujour ( it was probably James Murphy) made the right decision. Not only does the Detroit legend continually offer up the tightest remixes out there, but they allow the jazz-leaning producer to get back to his pure techno roots more often than he might do on his own.
BTW – the version of “One Life Stand” is titled the PCP Remix, which for those who don’t know, stands for Paperclip People, one of Craig’s most beloved alter-egos.
Hot Chip “One Life Stand” (Carl Craig’s PCP Remix)
Hot Chip have set down with BSTV in what appears and sounds like an airport bathroom to discuss their new album coming out in 2010. One Life Stand is set to be released on February 10th, 2010 is the fourth album from the British act. Check out the interview below in all of its toilet acoustic glory and discover how babies love Hot Chip… they just don’t buy the albums.
Here’s the first video off Hot Chip’s latest, One Life Stand. It sorta reminds us of Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” except with Alexis Taylor in the roll of Alice in Wonderland, and Joe Goddard as the Cheshire Cat.