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Hot Chip - 'Flutes'

The best thing Hot Chip have released since ‘Over And Over’

Hot Chip  - 'Flutes'

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  • Label: Domino
For a second there, the title of Hot Chip’s comeback single – from their forthcoming fifth album, ‘In Our Heads’ – kick-started all sorts of special feelings, dreaming as we were of a second smooth revival to follow up 2011’s sax-sleazy summer. Alexis, Joe, Owen, Felix and Al cracking out the pastel slacks, lurid cocktails and floating by on a woodwind breeze… Alas, there’s nary a piccolo, let alone an aerophone to be found here – but as Alexis croons, “I know it’s nothing more than flutes/But something in my heart is loose” over an ominously inflating womp, it’s clear that this dangerous bout of the flutes has brought on a few tears in the club…

Perhaps influenced by Joe’s work as part of the rave-inclined 2 Bears, ‘Flutes’ is quite possibly – dare we say it – the best thing Hot Chip have released since ‘Over And Over’. It’s quite the dancefloor smorgasbord, clattering around beautifully cheesy, New Order-like percussive clatters, flighty synths designed to tickle warehouse rafters and Hot Chip’s trademark sense of measured euphoria. “One day you might realise that you need to open your eyes”, Alexis sings over a tumble of bright notes, taking control of the situation that’s left his heart in tatters, wreaked by uncertainty. Here’s a definite though: this sublime return is giving us the horn.
Laura Snapes

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