Hot Chip A Bugged Out Mix
- Words: Justin Hopper
- Label: New State
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Their contribution to the DJ-Kicks series instantly added “DJ heroes” to the long CV collected by U.K. electro-geek pop band Hot Chip. While most DJs delineate themselves along partisan micro-genre lines, these boys spin like actual music fans—something that fits perfectly into Bugged Out’s double-disc format. There’s plenty of minimalist techno and blurpy house centered around the kinds of randomized nerdy affectations Hot Chip adores, like Dominik Eulberg’s textured flak and the bad-dream 808 drive of “Cosmic Sandwich.” But it’s the second disc that truly shines, finding common ground between steel-drum bands, Luther Vandross, Gang Gang Dance, and the Andrews Sisters. That it works is a testament to good taste—and a decent sense of humor.
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