Single Review: Hot Chip – Night and Day

By on Tuesday, 1st May 2012 at 12:00 pm

It’s not everyday that you create a record that’s instantly accessible to pretty much any music fan, whether you’re a hardcore dance/dub fan, an indie kid, a rocker or anything else. It was impossible to ignore Hot Chip’s ‘Ready for the Floor. But since then, they have struggled to create anything with the level of appeal that monster hit had. ‘Over and Over’ was close, while ‘One Life Stand’ just couldn’t stand up against it on its own.

Now we have ‘Night And Day,’ a new Hot Chip track that will again have to go in the pile of songs labelled as…not ‘Ready for the Floor.’ Again. It’s a solid effort of synth-infused pop, and it does grow on you every listen. Lead vocalist Alexis Taylor still has that charming ‘I’m pretty much talking but not actually singing thing’ he does. He manages to do it with immensely more charm than artists like Lily Allen.

The chorus is catchy and there lies any Hot Chip song’s charm: its ability to get itself stuck into that back bit of your brain that makes you remember stuff. I have no complaints here; I can’t expect everything they make to be superb. To some ‘Night and Day’ may be ever too repetitive, but in my opinion that’s the appeal. It’s kept simple.

And I like simple.


Hot Chip’s single ‘Night and Day’ will be out on the 4th of June on Domino and is the first taster to the band’s ‘In Our Heads’ album out later this year. The single will be available on 12″ and via digital download and will come with a remix from Joe Goddard’s side project the 2 Bears featuring Trim, as well as an exclusive b-side track entitled ‘Jelly Babies’.

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