Acts like Passion Pit led an electronic pop explosion in 2009. It's a trend now being dumbed down into tawdry BPM pop hits like Ke$ha's "TiK ToK."
Fortunately, Hot Chip have arrived just in time to redeem the genre's integrity. The album's laid-back title track is an appeal for enduring substance, punctuated by a chorus that insists "I only want to be your one life stand."
The fourth album by this London group turns down the tempo and synth and turns up lyrics that reflect on relationships. The mellow electronic piano chords of "Brothers" frame fraternal nostalgia, hoping for a time when siblings again may "play to be free."
One Life Stand is a reminder that great electronic songs are, first and foremost, great songs.