Hot Chip 

Made in the Dark

After the blissful melodiousness of The Warning, Hot Chip returns to the bizarrely arrhythmic white funk of its debut, Coming on Strong. The resulting Made in the Dark feels abrasive at first, and it takes a few listens to navigate its knotted, mechanical grooves. "Hold On" skitters like Talking Heads; "Shake a Fist" borrows a vocal hook from M.I.A.; and "Wrestlers," a celebration of WWE gladiators, bleats like Heaven 17 and Scritti Politti. Made in the Dark burbles with countless references but is ultimately guided by a band that sounds eerie and strangely like no other. At its best, from lovely ballads such as "We're Looking for a Lot of Love" to mechanical disco like "Don't Dance," Hot Chip fuses rock and electronics in an indelible way. Like its metaphorical title indicates, Made in the Dark is full of life. 4 stars


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