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Cool Spin: Joe Goddard, ‘Electric Lines’

JoeGoddard ispossiblythemostprolific of HotChip’smembers.Electric LinesisGoddard’ssecondsoloalbum, following2009’sHarvest Festivalonhis own Greco-Roman label. He’salsoworkedon numerousother productionswithRaf Rundellas TwoBears,aswellasonhisown,nottomen- tioncountlesspopular remixes.ElectricLinesgetsitsfuel froma Eurorack synthesizer, propelling itsdancefloor-litesounds that stayfar removed frombig buildsanddrops.

Goddard hosts a slew of guest vocalists on these electronic-pop creations and utilizes instantly recognizable samples from classic favorites. The Emotions’ “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love” on his song “Lose Your Love,” Brainstorm’s “We’re on Our Way Home” on “Home,” and Celada’s “Music Is the Answer” on the slow-grooving song of the same name. These samples ground Goddard’s emotive, modern interpretations. In contrast, the instrumental “Lasers” is tethered bya formidable, rumbling bass line that’s capable of shaking any dance floor. Goddard himself sings ona few of the songs, giving thema tender, ballad-like quality.Electric Linesslots tidily in with other thought- and emotion-provoking dance-based album; think Jamie xx’sIn Colour.

Producer: Joe Goddard/Joe’s Basement. Mixers: Goddard, David Kennedy, David Wrench, Alex Tepper, Eric Kupper, Oliver Wright, Richard Norris, Steve Dubs, Tom Elmhirst. Mastering: Matt Colton, Alchemy (London, UK).