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Friday, Oct. 12, 2007

MY PLAYLIST: Hot Chip


By JOSIE McCOY

Hot Chip are leading the current British electro-indie crossover charge, having earned widespread acclaim for their second album "The Warning," released in Japan last month on Rough Trade.

Hot Chip
Hot Chip (Joe Goddard bottom right) make thinking-man's dance music.

Ahead of DJ dates in Japan this weekend, founding member and multi- instrumentalist Joe Goddard of the band discusses the influences behind the group's as-yet-untitled third album, which they recently completed mixing.

Track that inspired me to make music: "93 'Til Infinity"Souls of Mischief (1993)

This song was given to me on a mixtape made by my good friend Samir. It sounded like the most rhythmic and melodic song possible, and it still seems that way to me today in some ways.

Track that inspired our new album: "Good Life" Inner City (1998)

When we were working on the album, classic tracks like "Good Life" were quite inspirational. There are elements of old techno combined with more live playing and pop influences on this new album, and it has a heavier, harsher sound overall.

Track guaranteed to make me dance: "Love Is . . ." Gino Soccio (Pilooski re-edit) (2006)

This song was originally written by Bill Withers, I think. Pilooski's version is around 7-minutes long and sounds great. It is positive and saccharine to the point of being cheesy, but still seems to work.

Track everyone dances to when I DJ: "Some Polyphony" Petter (2006)

The breakdowns sound enormous and the drops work perfectly; it doesn't repeat itself too much and people react to it really well. It is a few years old now — it was released on James Holden's excellent Border Community label.

First single I ever bought:B "It Keeps Rainin" Bitty McLean (1993)

I don't remember much about buying this. I went to the HMV in Putney (in South London) and they had a deal where you could buy five cassette singles for the price of four. I liked this song because there was some weird-sounding, softly-played electric guitar in the background.

Track I last bought: "The Way I Are" Timbaland (2007)

Timbaland has made more great records than almost anyone else in the history of recorded music. He has not been using 4/4 kick-drum rhythms for long (his production on Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" rhythm was one of the first) but he creates these kind of rhythms with as much joy and brilliance as his 2-step hip-hop work.

My guiltiest pleasure: "If You Leave Me Now" Chicago (1976)

The chorus of this song is totally beautiful: The sound of falsetto voices singing together a la The Beach boys is one of my favorite sounds, and the softness and richness of the voices on this record are wonderful.

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip DJs at the British Underground event (britishunderground.jp) at Yellow in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo on Oct. 14 (4.30 p.m. start). He also DJs at La Fabrique, Tokyo ([03] 5428-5100) on Oct. 12. and at Triangle in Osaka (tel. [06] 6212-2264) on Oct. 13.


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