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The Chips flip a Kicks mix.

Possessing the lovingly-crafted feel of a CD-R compiled by a muso mate, Hot Chip’s contribution to the long-running DJ Kicks mix series is every bit as vibrant and eclectic as you’d expect from the group that brought cutting-edge future-pop to the masses. Taking in seminal electro-indie (New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle), filthy Baltimore hip-hop (Young Leek’s Jiggle It), rattling proto-dubstep (Wookie’s Far East) and all points in-between, it’s a join-the-dots insight into the influences that clashed to inspire songs like Over And Over and Boy From School.

“We all went off and wrote little lists of songs that we like,” says lyricist/producer Joe Goddard. “Whether they were ones that have influenced Hot Chip, or ones that we’ve been DJing with, or just old favourites. From that, we had a pile of tracks that didn’t really fit together, which we had to then try and squash together, which was…” Joe breathes a pained sigh at the memory. “We try not to think about it too much,” shudders drum-machine don Felix Martin.

“We liked the idea of having some older music on there as well,” says Joe, referring to appearances by Joe Jackson, Etta James and Ray Charles. “Well, there’s just so much of it,” Felix deadpans. “Yes,” concurs Joe, sagely. “Tons.”

It says something for Hot Chip that, even in such esteemed company, their new track My Piano manages to be one of the mix’s high points. “My Piano is a track that’s been hanging around like a bad smell for a quite a while now,” jokes Joe. “Well, not really, but it is a song that we’ve been working on for a couple of years, and it’s probably not one that’ll fit in with the next album, so we thought [this mix] might be a good opportunity to use it. It’ll be coming out on a 12-inch, along with a dub mix we’ve done of it.”

If My Piano’s slinky boogie isn’t representative of the next Hot Chip album, what can we expect then? A balls-out metal riff-fest? “Kind of…” laughs Felix. “It is funny you should say that,” says Joe. “We’re still using synthesisers primarily, but we’re trying to do much heavier riffs and more heavy metal-style things – there are tracks that are inspired by Black Sabbath and Devo. But other than that, it’s more of the same: house music with us warbling on top.” Suits us just fine.

Joe Madden 24 May 07
DJ Kicks: Mixed By Hot Chip, released 28 May 07.
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comment by dufunk    Jun 1, 2007
Yeah there great fresh and innovated keeping electronica well and truely alive even there dj sets rock.
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I love Hot Chip! They are strange but great!
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