The thing that’s always set Hot Chip apart from lesser laptop-enabled acts — aside from consistently hot shit live shows — has been that openhearted sense to their songwriting. And yet this is a day we didn’t see coming: it’s a Hot Chip ballad! For five seconds you’re gonna think we pulled a bait and switch and gave you another Beach House track, with that dialed down BPM and sparse kick-kick-snare beat machine, but when Alexis starts in with his sad and withered R&B breakup croon — over some bluesy piano/guitar changes and a slow-swelling synth drone on the hook — you shall know it to be Chip. Reflection and dejection’s nothing new for the crew (see “And I Was A Boy From School”). Here they’re wearing through it just a little more slowly. It’s a good look. So is that banana.

Hot Chip press shot 2008, circa Made In The Dark
[Photo by Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle]

Pretty sad, pretty lovely. Sounds like somebody got their heart broken. Telling it’s the title track, too — although what we’ve heard so far hasn’t signaled too much a slowdown from the dancefloor otherwise. Judging by how generous they’ve been so far, there’s sure to be more posted soon enough at their site or MySpace

Made In The Dark is out 2/5 via DFA/Astralwerks. The album art:

Hot Chip - Made In The Dark album cover

Comments (16)
  1. damnson  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    does anyone have a version without the robot voices?
    when is the actual version gonna leak?

  2. jayfarer  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Never went to a Hot Chip show, so I overpaid for the sold out tickets in LA. I am afraid that I might get rocked too hard.

  3. blinky  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Music appreciation aside, I’m so tired of nerd glasses…

  4. JZ  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Whoa, when did these guys turn into Beach House?

  5. If you only have heard Over & Over and Boy From School, then I understand your surprise. Get the early stuff: Mexico EP and Sanfrandisco EP.

  6. I’m actually really excited for this album…

  7. west  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Yeah, I’m tired of the robot voices. Great album though.

  8. kooky  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Argh all the bloggers got the new album. Give up a little more than the one mp3 PUHLEEZE! (And we already have Ready for the Floor…)

  9. preston  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    Eduardo -

    I’ve been looking for both of those for a while. and recommendations on where to pick them up?


  10. Vinny  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2008 0

    I’ve been transfixed by this song all day…..
    I’d been lukewarm about them til I heard this and now the Fonda is sold out!!

    Hot Chip FTW!!!

  11. andrew  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2008 0

    just wait until you hear “we’re looking for a lot of love”…

  12. baker  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2008 0

    the sans-robovox version has dripped out the faucet. check your standard resources again. it’s there.

  13. cannot wait for the new album!

    Ed, 17 Seconds

  14. quite great! i thoroughly enjoy the melancholy versus dance songs and then the random slip-ins. see our review at

  15. peki  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2008 0

    extra music..they are the best..

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