Hot Chip have always mixed the uplifting elements of dance music with the melancholic vocals of Alexis Taylor to great effect. They turn this talent onto the Bruce Springsteen classic “Dancing in the Dark”.
The angst ridden lyrics in this song work really well with the upbeat electronic instrumentation but the highlight for me is when the track breaks down and we hear a sample from the LCD Sound System song “where are your friends tonight”. At this point the track seems to become a reflection on experience of hot chip and their connection with New York. It branches out into saying something different from the original song and turns a good cover into a new and interesting expression of the bands ideas: