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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

That's My Jam!: Hot Chip's Joe Goddard Turns Invisible

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM

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UK three-piece The Invisible started bubbling up into view around 2008. The group came on the scene with a funky as all get-out single, "London Girl," and a sound reminiscent of TV on the Radio, if that band was more of a dance outfit. By the time The Invisible's self-titled full-length came out in 2009, though, it seemed critics' attention spans had migrated elsewhere. Despite being named iTunes' "Album of the Year" and receiving a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, The Invisible proved to be just that--out of sight and out of mind.

Now, almost a year later, The Invisible are queuing up remixes for "London Girl" to be shared on a forthcoming release. One such track comes from Joe Goddard, one-fifth of UK geek-pop group Hot Chip. At first, Goddard's remix sounds simple enough, relying on a simple bouncing beat and bass synth to provide a backdrop for Dave Okumu's smooth voice. It all changes a few minutes in, when buzzing synths swell into the foreground and all sorts of melodic elements take over for the monotonous bassline that came before them. For the last half of Joe's "London Girl" remix, we get a full on Hot Chip track--complete with solid dance beats and awkward synthlines leading us into dancefloor oblivion.

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