Published Aug 24, 2007What a project! Last year's most vibrant pop group are asked to transform material by the living legends of electronic music. Upon first mention, the possibilities were endless and exciting... but the results may not be what you'd expect. Hot Chip earned a reputation on the club circuit as the premiere party band, which led people to believe their re-workings of Kraftwerk would inject the robotic pop group's rather uphill tempos with some fluorescent zip. Alas, the two remixes the London boys have done for the Krauts would sound more comfortable on a Kompakt Total comp than likely anywhere. Both songs stay true to the originals; "Aerodynamik" fills the wide open space with moderate flashes of Hot Chip's quirky energy, though when the climax builds it almost feels like we're listening to mid-'90s Underworld. "La Forme," on the other hand, is pure minimal techno floating on cloud nine, with an ambient grace that is nothing short of euphoric. A strange twist by a group that continues to admit they're becoming more of a "rock band," but nonetheless a pleasant surprise that shows the respect they have for their heroes.
"Aerodynamik (Hot Chip's Intelligent Design Mix)"
"La Forme (Hot Chip's King Of The Mountains Mix)"