Hot Chip Keep It Funky On The Essential Mix

American pop radio = where oversized egos have piss fights about shitty pop festivals. British pop radio = where oversized talents lay down groundbreaking beats/rhymes/vibes on a  nightly basis. Case  in point, the recent Joe Goddard-helmed Hot Chip stab at Radio One’s Essential Mix. Today’s “indie” landscape is full of boring white people making boring white people music. Sorry for being frank. Hot Chip are one of the few exceptions. On the surface, they are just as pale and overtly ironic as the rest of their bunch, but they differentiate themselves from the crowd via a dominating grasp on the phonk. Yes, these London white boys have as good a grasp on 80’s era funk as anyone dis side of Damon Riddick. The mix spans a number of styles, from disco to funky to house, but the overarching funk is readily apparent. Goddard’s The 2 Bears side project makes a few appearances, most notably via a remix of Wiley’s “Skankin”, as do several Hot Chip originals. On a side note, is it just me or is Pete Tong doing a far better job curating the Essential Mix than he has in years past? Scuba, L-Vis 1990, Rustie, Nico Jaar and Martyn, just to name a few, have already graced the show. I’m thoroughly enjoying the two hour program, week in and week out. Anyways, Hot Chip’s fifth studio album, In Our Heads, is set for a June 11 release on Domino. Find the full tracklist after the jump.

Track List

Beside – Change Le Beat (French Vocal) [CELLULOID]
Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting (Alternate Version), [CBS]
Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times [PAISLEY PARK RECORDS]
Young Tee – Rehab [WHITE LABEL]
Bruce Haack – Party Machine (Prince Language Remix) [Stones Throw Records]
T.T – Party Girl (John Talabot Edit) [Unknown]
Cameo – Back ‘n’ Forth [MERCURY]
Lil’ Louis & The World – Club Lonely (Disco Version) [EPIC]
Naum Gabo & The Trammps – Its On (Tevo Howard Remix) w/ Lights Went Out
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love [Running Back]
San Serac – Music Never Ends (Morgan Geist Remix) [Environ]
Kerri Chandler – Bar A Thym [NRK Sound Division]
Funkystepz – Class A [Forever Live Young]
Reel People – Alibi (feat. Darien) [Papa Records]
Cajmere – Spinnin’ (feat. Russoul) [Miroma Music]
Wiley – Skankin’ (2 Bears Remix) [Big Dada]
Hot Chip – Night and Day (2 Bears Remix) [Domino Recording Co]
Auntie Flo – Oh My Days [Huntleys & Palmers]
Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix) [541 Records]
Geeeman – Bang’t [Clone Jack For Daze Series]
Da Vist Boys – Body Shaking (Rosko Gee Remix) [Ahyo Records]
Tyree Cooper – Nuthin’ Wrong [DJ-Groupie]
New York Transit Authority – Off the Traxx [Lobster Boy]
Groove Chronicles – Holiday Da Vybe (Part 2 Dub Mix) [White Label]
MMM – MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys [HONEST JONS]
Hot Chip – Flutes [Domino Recording Co]
Jon Hopkins – Vibrate
Maceo Plex – Stay High Baby [Ellum Audio]
Disclosure – Control (Joe Goddard Remix) [Greco-Roman]
Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know [Nemperor Records]

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