"Their fourth album is not quite the copper-bottomed, hit-packed classic foreshadowed by their last but one, 2006's The Warning.
But "One Life Stand" is a really great electronic album about love.
Clubbing has always been more about pulling than avowals of affection like the deeply old-fashioned "Slush" - a waltz-time digital duet in which Hot Chip admit: "Now we are older/ There's more that we must do".
But Hot Chip have effectively hitched the rhythms and textures more often attuned to lust to a higher emotional calling.
One track, at the very least, stands shoulder to shoulder with "Over and Over", Hot Chip's breakout anthem. The title track is soppier than a puppy and harder than a limpet to dislodge. "I only wanna be your one life stand," swoons Taylor in his little-boy-lost voice. "Tell me, do you stand by your man?".
"Hand Me Down Your Love", meanwhile, is a nagging neo-house track in which a couple appear to retrieve their emotions from a loft space.
"Hand me down your love," urge the lyrics. "Open up my love..."
The live drums are just one instance of several on "One Life Stand" where Hot Chip have used instruments as a surprise counterpoint to their exquisitely detailed digital progressions.
So much electronic music affects a stony froideur.
Hot Chip, by contrast, have made a great big aural hug of a record."- Kitty Empire