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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Artist of the Day: Hot Chip


Britain's electropop all stars Hot Chip just announced the release of its fourth studio album for early 2010. Be sure to mark your calendars for the imminent dance party aftermath. One Life Stand will hit shelves (both actual and the imaginary Internet shelves of  iTunes) February 9, 2010.

If you're not familiar with Hot Chip's tunes, and you enjoy low key robot pop, perhaps you should look them up.  Since the release of its first studio album, 2004's Coming on Strong, HC has been a fixture on the dance music scene.

Next came The Warning in 2006, an album that was adored by critics and electro lovin' Brits alike.  Two of The Warning's 12 tracks ("Over and Over","Boy from School") became top forty hits in the UK. Check out the "Over and Over" video to see a little glimpse of what Hot Chip is about. 

Made in the Dark, HC's third studio album, earned the group a Grammy nomination for the track "Ready for the Floor," which was nominated for best dance recording. After touring in support of Made in the Dark, the men of Hot Chip headed into the studio to begin working on their fourth album, which as was previously mentioned, is due out in February of next year.

Members of Hot Chip have reportedly said that this upcoming album will have more of a subdued and disco-influenced sound. No matter what, though, it's a safe bet that the music will be a combination of genres and sounds that can get any dance floor on the move.

Who's Who: Alexis Taylor (vocals, synthesizer, guitar, percussion, keys),  Joe Goddard (vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Owen Clarke (guitar, bass, synthesizer), Al Doyle (guitar, synthesizer, percussion, backing vocals), Felix Martin (drum machine, synthesizer)
Label: DFA/EMI
Latest release: Made in the Dark (2008)

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-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "Ready for the Floor" by Hot Chip 

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