Should a band be penalized for sounding too much like themselves? It’s a stock question that Hot Chip’s new single “One Life Stand” — the title track off their new album, out February 8 — has us pondering. We adored the Brits’ 2006 album The Warning, then tuned out after last year’s similar follow-up, Made in the Dark. Now “One Life Stand” has broken our Hot Chip furlough, and we’re remembering how much we liked these guys in the first place. An ode to everlasting devotion from front man Alexis Taylor, it features a coldly efficient verse breaking over and over into a lilting, joyful chorus; yes, it’s a formula the Chip’s employed before, but here it’s as effective as ever. Bonus: This time, there are steel drums in the background.
Most Viewed Stories
Every Coen Brothers Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best
The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
Just Another Moment You Wish Judge Judy Were Your Mom
The Friday Night Lights 10-Year Reunion Is Happening in Austin Because Texas Forever
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast Takes Their 40th-Anniversary Reunion Photo
Martin Is Not Happy Kurt Russell Smashed Its Priceless Antique Guitar in Hateful Eight
Kate del Castillo Feels ‘Betrayed’ and ‘Used’ by Sean Penn Because of His El Chapo Article
It’s Time to Start Watching Poldark
The Coen Brothers’ Star-Packed Hail, Caesar! Feels Overdeliberate
How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians
Latest News from VultureBen Stiller Teaches Elton John to Do Blue Steel, or As He Calls it, 'Victoria Beckham'
It's a very Posh look.Rebel Wilson and Jimmy Fallon Sing About Being Single and Then Play Chubby Bunny, As If to Confirm the First Thing
When Rebel Wilson plays, she commits.Bobby Cannavale Is Worried Martin Scorsese Spends Too Much Time With Him, in Today's Least Relatable Complaint
It's a little Larry David.Sleepy Hollow Recap: Mirror, Mirror
Conspiracy theories abound, people.Hold on to Your Fedoras: Bruno Mars Will Perform With Beyoncé and Coldplay at Super Bowl 50
Treasure! That is what you are!Jennifer Lopez Will Have to Magically Find More Time in Her Schedule for Shades of Blue Season 2
NBC is sticking with J.Lo.Martin Is Not Happy Kurt Russell Smashed Its Priceless Antique Guitar in Hateful Eight
The production was supposed to swap it out for a replica.How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians
Things have changed since Elayne Boosler.Samuel L. Jackson, Mad Max, and Susan Sontag: My Road Trip With A.O. Scott
I arrived at his house in Prospect–Lefferts Gardens around 8:15, and we set out in his blue Subaru.Samantha Bee on Diversity: ‘The F*cking Thing You Have to Do Is Just Hire People’
“It's not really the most complicated transaction."
Clear eyes, full hair.Meek Mill Avoids Jail, But Will Spend 90 Days on House Arrest for Violating Probation
Amen!Your Boyfriends Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum Are Making a Movie-Musical About Pilots Who Sing and Dance
Swoon.American Idol Recap: Final Judgement
I am Team Johnson. Or Team Blosil. Or maybe Team Bourg.Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz on ’N Sync Nostalgia, Rockism, and His Super Bowl Pick
"To me, I look at artists like Skrillex, and that guy is rock and roll."Kate del Castillo Feels ‘Betrayed’ and ‘Used’ by Sean Penn Because of His El Chapo Article
Traidor!Netflix Will Debut David Lynch-Produced Doc My Beautiful Broken Brain March 18, Also Known As The Day You Cry The Hardest In Your Brief, Wonderful Life
About filmmaker Lotje Modderland's recovery from a stroke.It’s Time to Start Watching Poldark
Poldark's popularity lies firmly at the arms-and-abs combo of its leading man.Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Commits to Its Premise But Falls Short Where It Counts
You can enjoy the film — well, parts of it — as a middling stock production with flurries of gore to break the monotony.Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era
Comedy is divided by before Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and after Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.