Has there ever been a smugger band than The Chap? It must unnerve them on a daily basis that Hot Chip have managed to take smugness into the charts while they are still smirking and gurning at the same set of Shoreditch scenesters. It's a shame because when they put their mind to it they can write amazing songs such as 'Fun and Interesting' which is probably one of my songs of the year so far. Unfortunately the follow up single 'Proper Rock' (which is part of this value for money album/mini album thing called 'Builders Brew') oversteps the mark into annoying clever clever rhymes and irritating 'aren't we wacky' lyrics which will leave everyone north of Hatfield (and many south) wanting to punch them in the face. Its like they are the city banker who need to lose all their money in the stockmarket crash and get back down to earth with normal people & work clearing out the bins for awhile. When they do concentrate on the music it can be remarkably good. 'Un deux Trois Boxen' and 'Brace Race' are superbly Kompacty examples of minimilist funk rhythms and Kraftwerk electronics. After a few remixes all the good work is spectacularly undone with an 'arch and knowing' take on 'Whats Love Got to Do With It' in which you can almost see them winking at the audience. I said winking. On a positive note Phil reckons that they could heat their houses on their own sense of self-satistaction rather than using fossil fuels which I suppose can only be a good thing.
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