More Kraftwerk wannabes in love with the minimalism of electro
dance-pop, Hot Chip join the legions of followers of the German
meisters' towering legacy which has in recent years added Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and Goldfrapp to its roster.
Over And Over has a dirty, grinding electro beat with a deadpan voice
spelling out (I presume) some of their favourite things:
k-i-s-s-i-n-g-s-e-x-i-n-g-c-a-s-i-o-p-o-k-e-y-o-u-m-e-i. On this
evidence, Hot Chip certainly stand in the Goldfrapp camp when it comes
to tongue in cheek innuendo. However, it's not a favourable comparison
- when you have the voice and looks of Alison Goldfrapp, it can have an
entirely different effect to when it's nerdy blokes on synthesizers.
In short, Over And Over is retro indie-disco fodder which plays on
the nostalgia of when vintage electro pop really was considered
futuristic. "Like the monkey with a miniature cymbal, the joy of
repetition really is in you," the singer imparts, clearly referring to
the old Duracel adverts. Surely this imagery is too clichéd now to
impress anyone? Or will Hot Chip be the next in line to flog the dying
breaths out of this old horse? We shall have to see.