6/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 December 2011
Hot Chip. It's fair to say I'm no fan. Still, I'm a very nice man really so I'll put all my prejudices aside and take this New Build record on its own terms. It features two members of Hot Chip alongside another chap called Tom. According to the press release they aspire to “synthesize the yearning playfulness of artists such as Robert Wyatt, Eno, Peter Gabriel and John Cale, with the propulsive yet contemplative dance music of contemporary producers such as John Tejada, Kassem Mosse, Donnacha Costello and Objekt” which when you listen to the A side comes across as complete balderdash. The lead track 'Misery Loves Company' starts out aping the moodily atmospheric '80s pop of Zoot Woman and Junior Boys. Yet, the chorus seems to come from another song altogether, one perhaps that appeared on a Blancmange B side in 1982. The flip starts nicely with a tough 4/4 beat and gentle warm synths and the sophistication of Roxy Music circa their God-like 'Avalon' opus. Ferry, however, never described himself as a 'guitar man' yet I somehow suspect this might just be tongue in cheek especially when the vocalist confesses that he's 'sick of being a drummer'. The icy European soundscapes are disturbed slightly by squelchy synths, guitar licks and unnecessary vocal ad-libs but if you never quite thought Junior Boys lived up to their first two LPs you are going to find much to enjoy here. Bolton's finest, Planningtorock, re-works the final track with lots of steel drum like effects though whether she was wearing her false nose or not during recording is not confirmed by the sleeve notes.
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