The appeal of Hot Chip remains, for me, one of modern pop's more unfathomable mysteries, their particular strand of electronic music lacking the grace of Kraftwerk, the bluff homeliness of the original 1980s electropop outfits, and the questing self-possession of Aphex Twin – indeed, virtually all of the more positive, engaging possibilities furnished by the synthesiser.
The young London four-piece with the small name have a similarly minimalist sound. But, says Chris Mugan, after a critically acclaimed album, they are a double-A prospect
So nu-rave was a bit of a non-event in the end, wasn't it? It's been a few months since the genre that spawned a thousand luminous T-shirts seemingly dissolved in a Hadouken!-shaped mess on the floor and, other than a pair of broken white Ray Bans, what have we to show for it?
I just bought the new Guillemots album Red. I really loved their first album, Through the Windowpane. I also have the new Hot Chip album, Made in the Dark; I love the single "Ready For the Floor". I've started listening to my Bruce Springsteen collection again.