Back together after a few solo projects here and there, the guys from Hot Chip return with an extravagant and luminous new album for our obsession.
Following One Life Stand (2010), the group’s 5th studio album, In Our Heads (June 11th) is a perfect mix of electro-pop that makes you want to get up and shake it.
As always with Joe Goddard and his buddies, we feel the different musical influences, from R’n’B to Funk, with constant touches of Electro grooves.
The album opens with the sophisticated and splendid dance floor track “Motion Sickness” (Silverchair fans calm down). The voice comes in, after a two minute instrumental introduction to the album, to open with a catchy melody from lead singer Alexis Taylor. Fortunately for us, the album constantly returns to the opening’s vibrant rhythm, with groovy heartfelt dance songs like “How Do You Do” and “Don’t Deny Your Heart.”
The single “Night and Day”, although very groovy, stands out with a kind of dark and oppressive side to it. “Let Me Be Him” and “Flutes” are two tracks that stand out in the track-list, and not only because of their length (both over 7 minutes)–check out our whole write-up dedicated the latter track. The two tracks show the depth and maturity the group has acquired over the years, while maintaining this controlled “insouciance” in their compositions.
In Our Heads is undoubtedly influenced by American music: Quincy Jones for the very electro-funk album production (notable on “Don’t Deny Your Heart”), on which the guitar solo at the end has a little “Smooth Criminal” touch to it (you’ll have to tell me if you hear it). Destiny’s Child ( in reference to their stated love for the group), with the R’n’B chill-out track “Look at where we are”, but also a plethora of 70’s funk groups such as Sly and the Family Stone or Chic with the song “How Do You Do.”
The guys from Hot Chip have always considered, and described themselves as an R’n’B group, and we are finally starting to understand why. This album is what we’ve been expecting from Urban English music for months now, and proves that the “Eighties Pop Revival” wave still has interesting things to offer. The band delivers here one of the more danceable Hot Chip releases yet. With every album, the chaps from Hot Chip reinvent the wheel and challenge all that has been established so far, in order to collectively blow our minds. In Our Heads continues this tradition with a remarkable opus and delivers one of the best records of 2012.