Having begun the year with a record about how frustrating it is to live in the 21st Century, Hot Chip will be doing its best to welcome 2016 on a more uplifting note. On New Year's Eve, the London-based synth-pop maestros will perform a DJ set at Bardot.
Following Jamie xx and Four Tet's recent concert at Mana, Hot Chip's forthcoming performance marks the latest in an ongoing series of well-respected English electronic artists to pay Miami a visit. Having loomed large in dance music for the better part of ten years, the band toured this year in support of its latest record, May's Why Make Sense?
The album has been criminally overlooked in several end-of-year best-of lists, though NPR did name "Huarache Lights" one of its favorite songs of 2015. Why Make Sense? is an expansion of the band's lyrical horizons with a marked shift toward the outward. In a genre often defined by internal struggles and personal sentiments, the bandmates' use of dance music to comment on the world around them proved to be a refreshingly honest palate cleanser. From the fear of the coming obsolescence of man in "Huarache Lights" ("Replace us with the things/That do the job better") to the exasperation with the insanity of global affairs on the album's title track ("Why make sense/When the world around refuses?"), Why Make Sense? is Hot Chip's most overtly political record to date.
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As uninviting a combination that politics and the dance floor may be, Hot Chip proved long ago that it knows when to shut up and play the hits. For those in doubt of the band's dance credentials or reverence for those who came before, one need look no further than the group's collection of covers, which have ranged from obscure ("Go Bang" by Arthur Russell) to widely adored ("Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen).
If Hot Chips' DJ set sounds anything like the band's myriad musical heroes, New Year's Eve at Bardot will be a diverse, unforgettably funky night. And while $75 isn't exactly a cheap ticket, the open bar (stretching from 10 p.m. to midnight) is a nice benefit that'll allow you to make that money back. If you're still looking for something to do on Thursday, you could do much worse than Hot Chip at Bardot.