One Pure Thought

One Pure Thought
"One Pure Thought"
Single by Hot Chip
from the album Made in the Dark
B-side "Slow Death"
Released 12 May 2008
Format 12", 7, CD Single
Genre Indietronica
Length 4:53
Label EMI
Hot Chip singles chronology
"Ready for the Floor"
"One Pure Thought"
"One Life Stand"

"One Pure Thought" is the third single released by Hot Chip from their 2008 album Made in the Dark. It was released on 12 May 2008.


Music video

The video, directed by Bevis Martin (brother of Hot Chip member Felix Martin) and Charlie Youle, was described as having an "animated band performing in a pointillist world populated by simple geometric shapes, the kind of place Roy Lichtenstein might have liked to hang out in."[1]

Critical reception

The Guardian said the "cringeworthy, funky guitar chords" that introduce the song are the "best thing" about the song because they "sweeten the flurry of Casio beats and propulsive melody which follow".[2] However, Pitchfork Media said that it opens with "gnarled guitar chords and keening synths" and described the song as "infectious".[3] The song was described by Manchester Evening News as "one of the strongest songs from Made in the Dark, having both lyrical and rhythmic appeal with "infectiously bouncy tropical drums and quirky melodies".[4] Digital Spy said the vocals were "impossibly charming [...] choirboy vocals" and described the song as eccentric with an "unmistakably Hot Chip concoction of rock guitar riffs, electro atmospherics and digital calypso rhythms". The melody was said to be reminiscent of vintage New Order, which Allmusic also reported; "a witty, wordy gem that comes across like Paul McCartney backed by New Order".[5][6] said the song "gets all the electronic stuff right but sounds rather flimsy when it comes to vocals and guitar, which as per usual are a bit of a shambles".[7]

Track listing

CD single

  1. "One Pure Thought" – 4:53
  2. "We're Looking For A Lot Of Love" (Christmas Recording) – 4:36
  3. "Ready For The Floor" (Hot Chip V.I.P. Mix) – 6:58
  4. "One Pure Thought (Dominik Eulberg Remix Edit)" – 6:02

7" single

  1. "One Pure Thought" — 4:53
  2. "Slow Death" — 2:12


  • Dan Carey – mixing
  • Bevis Martin – artwork illustration
  • Alexis Smith – assistant
  • Waltzo - artwork design
  • Charlie Youle – artwork illustration

Chart positions

"One Pure Thought" was not as commercially successful as the previous release, "Ready for the Floor". It charted for 1 week on the UK Singles Top 75, where it reached position #53.[8]


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