Hot Chip album coverOne-and-a-half minutes into opener Melody Of Love, the bouncy beat drops. Time to activate stand-up desk for simultaneous typing and dancing.

Chair not needed until the chilled, penultimate Clear Blue Skies, but then ditched again following closing track No God‘s intro.

Alexis Taylor – complete with pathos-drenched timbre – would make a perfect Peanuts character. Harmonies are Bee Gees-level swoon-worthy. Finger snaps as crisp as those in Under Pressure usher in Echo, and Hot Chip’s poetic lyricism always engages the grey matter: “You remind me of a world I’ve never known…” Fizzing synths abound and standout belter Positive nails wistful nostalgia.

Miss limitless nights spent out dancing, eyes closed with hands in the air? We prescribe A Bath Full Of Ecstasy.

A Bath Full Of Ecstasy by Hot Chip is out June 21 via Domino.

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