Splendiferous pop alchemy
One school of thought says that the second you start stripping pop into its component parts you destroy its fragile, intangible magic. NME, mind, would contest that this is a load of bollocks. If Generation Mash-Up taught us anything, it’s that mad-headed juxtapositions can occasionally trigger awesome emotional responses. Listen to ‘Boy From School’ by Hot Chip. Hear how it fuses the thudding robots-take-Ibiza beat of Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ to the melancholy synth swoon of Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works Vol.2’. Feel how it breathes ruddy-cheeked life into this cool digital shell. And marvel at what might be the UK’s best new electronic band coming of age.