March 9-15, 2006
Sure, the London-based five-piece Hot Chip is a master of loungey mood and '80s gloss. Captains of chill, if you will. But they like to punctuate their icy vibes with reckless robo-funk noise, Wilson-worthy harmony and Ween-type silliness. Their non-LP single, the queasily swaying "Over And Over," will make your stomach churn and your knees buckle. Maybe their gutsy, vivid blippyness comes from the fact that they play it all live. And maybe that pop-tronic band feel is what interested deca-dance producer-king James Murphy, of DFA, to fuel Hot Chip's debut CD, Coming On Strong (DFA/Astralwerks), with ripe, bright '80s-ish mixdowns worthy of a night with Jim Fouratt. Strong's got big-pimping tunes, Neptunes-inspired space-soul and enough lo-tronic ambience and distanced-Brit vocals to make you want to trash your Oasis records. Do it.
Making Time presents Hot Chip, Fri., March 10, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m., $12, Pure, 1221 Saint James St., www.igetrvng.com.