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Hot Chip: Over And Over
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is not the most obvious song to scream “anthem of the new year!” but that’s exactly what it is. A rhapsodic, DFA-sized slice of smart pop that sauces about like George Galloway in a ‘Sheba’ factory, here’s where Hot Chip get clever enough to dispense with those honky Prince-isms, and replaced them with a James Murphy strut and addictive hooks. And yet it’s a charmingly British thrill – you suspect that what sounds like a muted cowbell here is actually someone hitting a kettle with a stick, plus there’s an arch lyricism to lines such as, “Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal/The smell of repetition really is in you” and nudge-nudge humour when it all goes Kraftwerk in the middle and a robot intones “K.I.S.S.I.N.G.S.E.X.I.N.G./C.A.S.I.O.P.O.K.E.” for no apparent reason. Electro-suave.
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