As far as electronic pop music is concerned, we've had more than our fair share of dabblers from both sides of the Atlantic thrust upon us, but none have faired quite as well creatively, commercially and critically as London's Hot Chip.
Taking their original cue from geek-chic, high school sixth forms and simple minimalist construction, the quintet are musically more OMD than Kraftwerk (not an insult, by the way), although the Chips were rewarded in 2007 by being commissioned to remix 'La Forme' by the German tech-gods for a 12" release - a meeting of like-minds, for sure.
In fact, Hot Chip have produced more of these remixes than their own songs, it seems. The Go!Team, Badly Drawn Boy, Plan B, Gorillaz and even Queens of the Stone Age have benefited from a bit of knob-twiddling applied to their various works. But it's their own catalogue that sets the senses tingling - from the bountiful bouncy crossover hit, 'Over and Over', via the subtle shimmer of the sweet 'And I Was a Boy From School' to the full-on fingers-to-the-lazers Grammy-nominated 'Ready For The Floor'. The Londoners certainly can write accessible pop songs, backed up with some serious hip-wiggling rhythms. And, lo and behold, that's just what the band have been doing with album number five, out in June.
'In Our Heads' is the follow-up to 2010's 'One Life Stand' and will be their first release for Domino (having left EMI last year). Track-titles include 'Flutes' (the first download and video released from the album - embedded right here), 'Motion Sickness' (which you might get if you watch the embedded video too much) and 'How Do You Do'.
At around the same time, Hot Chip will be readying themselves and their various synths for a slot at this year's Lovebox 2012 as Friday headliners. Just prior to this huge homecoming show, the 5-piece will be performing three intimate club-shows around the UK, starting with Sheffield on 10th June, followed by Cambridge on the 11th and London's Heaven on 13th. Tickets for these three special shows will go on sale from 3pm on Tuesday 20th March.