Inclusiveness and studio improvising were the key factors in making British electro-pop band Hot Chip's third studio record, "Made in the Dark." The set is due Feb. 5 via Astralwerks.

Inclusiveness and studio improvising were the key factors in making British electro-pop band Hot Chip's third studio record, "Made in the Dark." As previously reported, the 13-song set is due Feb. 5 via Astralwerks.

"We started the whole process when the other record ['The Warning'] was being released," lead vocalist Alex Taylor tells Billboard.com. "And for the first time, we wrote songs in band practices. For us, these subtle changes make a big difference. We went quite awhile without being inclusive, in having everyone play on the previous records."

Several tracks were done outside the confines of their home studios, also a first. "We recorded six demos in January, and that was our first experience being in a studio other than a room or a basement," Taylor explains.

"I remember a lot of discussion about improvising in the studio, and listening to bands like This Heat," he continues. "We wanted to take it away from the computer; it became more about recording everything we do, and piecing it together later."

Fans of Hot Chip's club hit "Over and Over," will find similar heavy dance grooves on cuts such as the fast, guitar-driven "Out at the Pictures," and the bass-heavy "Hold On." But there's also a return to the balladry that early listeners heard on the group's first EP, "Mexico."

Although dates are still being confirmed, Hot Chip plans to kick off a massive tour Feb. 14 in the U.K., with a North American visit being planned for April.

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