Let’s Tea Party - Hot Chip/Emmanuella

The youthful electronica of Team Waterpolo and romantic drawl of Mystery Jets spring immediately to mind.

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Released 9 Jun 2009 | MI7 | By Anthony Hill | Rating: 3
Let’s Tea Party - Hot Chip/Emmanuella

Let's Tea Party have an instant likeable quality that's hard to deny. Hailing from Bristol, they fuse funk with grimy bass and synth horns worthy of an Ian Brown record to make fun and infectious pop that's bound to make anyone sit up and take notice. If lazy comparisons were to be drawn, the youthful electronica of Team Waterpolo and romantic drawl of Mystery Jets spring immediately to mind. But Let's Tea Party have a dexterity and dynamism that sets them apart, with complex arrangements adding a palpable depth to songs.

'Hot Chip' opens to a fanfare of plugged-in brass which dances over stubborn beats and the dirtiest of growling synths. The song soon evolves into rowdy call-and-response echo of "I will be your Hot Chip if you will be my Buttercup," which surely promises to ignite the dancefloors this summer.

Heavier on the funk and interweaved with glamorous pop elements not dissimilar to those favoured by The Killers, 'Emmanuella' is a three-minute spectacular, flicking back and forth from laid-back, ambling verses to frightfully catchy choruses that could easily make this band a disco must before the year is out. All positives aside, there's still the slightest of over-familiar feelings. Whether it's actually an absence of true originality or just bad timing is hard to say, but what's certain is that Let's Tea Party will be your new favourite band - at least for those few minutes.