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Hot Chip Coming on Strong

Does funk still groove when it‘s muted and mumbled? Much of Coming on Strong sounds like the fake songs that Casio keyboards play when the demo key is pushed, with half-hearted lyrics slurred by a legion of ennui-affected hipsters. But listen closely and ignore the occasional bubbly lullaby, and you‘ll delight in an album of sarcastic, sleepy soul. This exhausted yet effervescent music, made for slumping on the couch at the end of the night, hides some indulgently wicked lyrics. Who else brags about rollin‘ with 20-inch rims while blasting Yo La Tengo out the subs or softly croons Who let the dogs out?

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