In Our Heads
Domino Records 
Fire Note Says: Hot Chip’s new album will get stuck in your head!
I don’t typically like dance music, but there are a few artists that I have enjoyed over the years, particularly LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean and recently The Chromatics. I picked up Hot Chip’s 2006 album, The Warning, simply because of the DFA Records connection, and I liked quite a bit of it, but not really enough to keep following them. What I did like though was that along with the dance beats, there were actual songs there, and In Our Heads has all of that and then some.
What separates In Our Heads from most electro pop records is the songs. To these ears, it sounds like Hot Chip is a pop band using electronic dance music as the vehicle to get their songs across, and the songs are spectacular! Instantly familiar and recognizable like a modern day Pet Shop Boys or Information Society, this album is full of should’ve been radio hits, that perhaps would have been in the 1980’s.
This is a joyful and uplifting record, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood and listen to this record. “Night and Day”, with its Bernie Worrell-esque keyboard squiggles and catchy hooks is like probably the catchiest song on here, with a callout to funk legend Zapp! This is a record from a different time, it has to be! This was not a record I expected to really love, but I find myself playing it all the time. Looks like I will be going back and digging around the Hot Chip back catalog to see what other treasures I can unearth!
Key Tracks: “Don’t Deny Your Heart”, “Night and Day”, “How Do You Do?”
Bands With Similar Fire:
Pet Shop Boys
The Juan MacLean
-Reviewed by Kevin Poindexter