The careers of dance music makers tend to lack longevity because the work they do rarely strikes the sort of emotional cord that would encourage the disco dweller to become an album-buying devotee.
So that’s why, when the massive popularity of HOT CHIP is dissected, you will uncover a band with almost as many crushing ballads as killer beats, a songwriter in Alexis Taylor who takes immense pride in his lyrics, and a loyal following who have taken their tunes from the dancefloor to their hearts.
If ever proof was needed of their mainstream acceptance, Hot Chip’s Ready For The Floor was covered by Duffy on Radio 1’s Live Lounge last Friday. And the following night, The Pop Cop managed to get a gold-dust ticket to see the Welsh songbird (see right) in the flesh in what must have been the first time anyone had played the 300-capacity King Tut’s while No.1 in the UK singles charts.
Now, who’s going to make the call for that crossover collaboration…
b February 26, Barrowland, Glasgow (sold out)
b July 12/13, T in the Park, Balado (sold out)