Perpetually heads and shoulders above the rest of the disco-nouveau/electro pack, London's Hot Chip boldly flies the imperiled analogue-lover's flag on their sophisticated new release, One Life Stand.

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Highlighting their underground roots and fanatical devotion to Detroit techno, the beat, or at least the full rhythm section, doesn’t drop till well after the one-minute mark on most of these tracks, creating a slow-burn arrangement style. The acid-house bounce of “We Have Love” denotes a marked departure from the Arthur Baker–by-way-of-DFA punk-funk vibe of their earlier hits. Pulsing with a dirty bass line reminiscent of “White Horse”-era Laid Back, the title track also includes a dense layering of post-mashup-style synths that make it modern enough to transcend cliché. Though the expansive “I Feel Better” is a somewhat commercial offering, the majority of these thoughtful tracks are reined-in, personal, and still a remix away from being floor-burners. No complaints here.

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