With how youthful and vibrant each Hot Chip release is, it’s hard to believe this UK electronic group has been around for more than 12 years already. Combining the synthy soul of Prince and the danceable swagger of James Murphy, Hot Chip hit their stride in 2006 with the universally acclaimed The Warning and its single “Over and Over.”
The band seems to get more confident and colorful with every new record, and that’s most definitely the case with their recently-released LP In Our Heads. Eclecticism has always been the band’s strongsuit, taking nods from soft rock, two-step, house music, and even more progressive electronic musicians like Kieran Hebden. Single “Night & Day” is a standout, and “Flutes” might be one of the best songs of the past few years.
An awesome new record is a great incentive to see them when they play Pitchfork in July, but an even better one is the improvisation their shows are known for. As the band has grown more confident over the years, they’ve reworked their songs for a live setting, turning them into heavy, pulsing jams that are as unpredictable and exciting as anything you’ll see all weekend. Until their Saturday evening set, go ahead and bask in the glory of the “Flutes.”