Made In The Dark (EMI)

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There’s not really an Over And Over moment on this instalment of the Hot Chip saga, but the indie dance hotshots have come up with their best overall album so far. It definitely sees them stretch beyond the jammy electro-rock they’re famous for, and even their most unlikely experiments succeed this time around.

They sound confident and more like a real band, but they haven’t shed any of their weirdness. Made is at once more adventurous and more accessible, with a greater respect for straightforward(ish) pop. The fact that some of the tracks were recorded live off the floor bodes well for the live show. Tthey finally sound like a real band rather than a curious studio impression of one.

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