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Hot Chip ‘Why Make Sense’ – Album Review

Domino (2015)

Following three years of numerous solo and side projects, electronic pop oddballs Hot Chip finally return to their day jobs for a sixth studio effort, Why Make Sense?, which thankfully proves they haven’t lost any of the endearing quirkiness during their time apart.

An attempt to recapture the energy of their live performances, the follow-up to 2012’s In Our Hands is perhaps the most organic that the British six-piece have sounded since their formation 15 years ago.

But with the exception of the closing title track, an intriguing blend of prog, krautrock and spacey electronica which appears to have wandered in from a different record entirely, Why Make Sense? is pretty much business as usual.

Showcasing Alexis Taylor’s fragile falsetto at its finest, “White Wine & Fried Chicken” and “So Much Further To Go” add to Hot Chip’s canon of melancholic R&B slow jams, while featuring a show-stealing guest turn from De La Soul rapper Posdnuos, “Love Is The Future” proves that few do deadpan disco any better.

Of course, the Londoners have always been at their most captivating when they take their idiosyncrasies onto the dancefloor, so it’s little surprise that the album’s two highlights arrive when they up the BPM rate.

Firstly, opener “Huarache Lights” asks whether audiences still care about the band before its slinky grooves, vocodered vocals and strobing synths ensure the answer is a resounding yes. And secondly, “Need You Now,” a classic house throwback which samples R&B vocal trio Sinnamon’s 1983 single of the same name, is possibly the most infectious dance anthem about an impending nuclear war you’re ever likely to hear.

Continuing Hot Chip’s winning streak, Why Make Sense? is another weird and wonderful affair which ultimately makes almost perfect sense.

About the Author


Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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