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.