Elec­tron­ica

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

Elec­tric Lines Joe God­dard Domino As a found­ing mem­ber of Lon­don’s Hot Chip, Joe God­dard has de­liv­ered six al­bums of glo­ri­ous, pop-tinged elec­tron­ica.

Along­side Raf Run­dell as the 2 Bears, mean­while, his out­put has been more house­based. Go­ing solo, the Grammy-nom­i­nated remixer has a foot in each camp. Elec­tric Lines in­dulges God­dard’s pop sen­si­bil­i­ties while re­tain­ing firm elec­tronic foun­da­tions.

With the al­bum ti­tle a ref­er­ence to the in­vis­i­ble wires run­ning be­tween his mu­si­cal tastes, God­dard pays homage to disco, Chicago house and Detroit techno. Or­di­nary Mad­ness opens pro­ceed­ings in glit­tery fash­ion as the sul­try vo­cals of Lon­don’s Jess Mills com­bine with shiny pro­duc­tion to form a mel­low pop tune. Lose Your Love, built around a vo­cal sam­ple from the Emo­tions’ 1976 re­lease of the same name, re­turns to the dance floor; an in­tro pep­pered with horn stabs and synths builds in in­ten­sity be­fore giv­ing way to an ur­gent beat and vocoder vo­cals. Home, mean­while, is on a eu­phoric tip. Us­ing a sam­ple of 70s funk band Brain­storm’s We’re on Our Way Home as its in­spi­ra­tion, God­dard melds soar­ing strings and a soul­ful vo­cal from Michi­gan na­tive Daniel Wil­son. Lasers is raw elec­tron­ica with an omi­nous un­der­tone, as synths and crisp beats com­bine for a late night mind-ben­der.

Hot Chip’s Alexis Tay­lor fea­tures on the ti­tle track, a pen­sive, hand­clap-led af­fair, while closer Mu­sic is the An­swer demon­strates God­dard’s en­dur­ing song­writ­ing and pro­duc­tion chops. God­dard’s tran­si­tion be­tween styles through­out Elec­tric Lines seems ef­fort­less, but of course it isn’t; from start to fin­ish, it’s a tri­umph.

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