Head here to submit your own review of this album.

Very early in LCD Soundsystem's existence, frontman James Murphy was already questioning whether what he was doing was any good. In the ever-evolving world of dance music, it's easy to feel like you're playing catch-up to people with more skill or more money to buy better equipment. 'Losing My Edge' addressed this issue directly.

With Murphy coming late to the game, he documented the anxiety caused by the idea that he might already be obsolete. All the hard work he put in to finding obscure records and being at important moments in musical history, he felt, meant nothing now that the younger generation can access these records in an instant, thanks to the internet. And yet he consoles himself in the fact that his encyclopaedic obsession with music is still worth something; his experience seeping into how his music is shaped.

Fifteen years into their career, Hot Chip seem to be having the same doubts about where they stand in the dance music world. They've made their mark with a number of terrific albums and tracks that are sure to dominate discos for years to come (there's still no feeling quite like a dancefloor going wild when a DJ drops 'Over & Over'), but now's the time for self-reflection. Their sixth album, Why Make Sense?, is Hot Chip trying to figure out who they are and whether they are still relevant. They're not buying motorcycles in an effort to regain their youth just yet, but they are ready to prove they are still worth something.

Album opener, and lead single, 'Huarache Lights', cuts straight to the chase. If ever there was a song that so perfectly captures the excitement and anticipation of a really great night out, it's this one. Among the stabbing bass and the vocal sample from First Choice's Let No Man Put Asunder, which feels like a brief window into the actual club Alexis Taylor is singing about, Taylor documents the ritualistic joy in preparing for a night out which, although personal, has a universalistic element that any listener can latch on to.

But while Taylor basks in the joy and satisfaction this can bring ("I know every single we play tonight/Will make the people just bathe in the light"), there's a nagging doubt in Taylor's mind; a paranoia that he can easily be replaced by a machine. It's an idea beautifully, yet simply, summed up in the looping chant of "Replace us with the things that do the job better" that slowly becomes more and more mechanical as the chant progresses.

Yet, as with Murphy, Taylor and Joe Goddard seem to find solace in their encyclopaedic knowledge of music and general life experiences. Sure, computers can easily access all the history that has shaped Hot Chip's sound and vision but you can never really replace the passion of a person crafting the music and the things they've been through. To get super clichéd, like with anything handmade, even if they are using the assistance of computers, the secret ingredient is love and Hot Chip have plenty of love for what they do.

This human touch is more pronounced here, given the fact that Hot Chip enlisted the help of touring members Sarah Jones and Rob Smoughton in the studio. The addition of the two brings Why Make Sense? that much closer to the sound they make on stage, capturing that feverish disco atmosphere that it's impossible to not get drawn into at their live shows.

As always, though, their sound hasn't changed much; preferring to dig back into their own influences than adhere to any modern pop tropes. For some, this may be a problem but, for Hot Chip, it's a formula that works. Why Make Sense? sees them having a lot of fun with this formula and mixing up some incredible tunes.

'Started Right' has that Stevie Wonder funk written all over it, even kicking off with a bit of Clavinet and throwing in some gorgeous disco strings and funky guitar grooves, before adding some squelching synths to bring things up-to-date. 'Easy To Get', which features one of the album's most memorable moments in a gorgeous chant over plinking arpeggios, soars with a space-age P-Funk feel, while 'Dark Night' lets guitarist Al Doyle loose with an almost post-rock roaring guitar amongst a dark disco background. 'Love Is The Future', which is probably the closest to sounding like a re-hash of old ideas, throws in De La Soul's Posdnous in to freshen things up with a touch of '90s R&B goodness.

Album highlights come in the form of 'Need You Now' and the explosively chaotic 'Why Make Sense?'. 'Need You Now' feels like the biggest departure from anything Hot Chip have done before. With its minimal house beats and airy synths, alongside a glorious Sinnamon sample, it's a track racked with paranoia and desperation. It's an emotionally charged track that, in amongst all the fun, feels like Taylor reaching rock bottom emotionally. It's powerfully disarming and it brings you back to that central theme of "why make sense?"

Title track, 'Why Make Sense?', is a cacophony of synths, beats and guitars as they try to piece together all the thoughts and ideas that've been tumbling around their heads throughout the album. It's a natural conclusion to an album that has seen them exploring all of human emotion as they just try make sense of it all, or even try decide whether it's worth making sense of at all, and it's a riotously exciting one at that.

Much of Why Make Sense? is concerned with Hot Chip getting back in touch with the deeper aspects of human emotion to find purpose in their being; exploring the highs and lows of love from the loneliness and desperation for intimacy to the sheer joys it can bring, whether it's a romantic love or a love of something more abstract like music. The question of "why make sense?" is never really answered but it doesn't really need to be. The journey through the mess of confusion that is modern life that Hot Chip and the listener take to find the answer is all you need; taking in all of life's peaks and troughs.

As to where Hot Chip as a band stand in all this, though they still sound very much like Hot Chip, even taking some interesting sounds from their back catalogue, the attempt to capture their live sound pays off in spades. Simply by bringing Jones and Smoughton into the studio with them, they've managed to capture the sweaty, floor-shaking frenzy that is their live shows.

They may not be doing anything vastly different, but they've cracked the formula for solid dance tunes and, as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Six albums in, Hot Chip are still making stunning pop records filled with a barrage of dancefloor wonders that are packed with heart and soul. That's enough to show why we still need Hot Chip in our lives.

This is the place you'll find reviews from 405 Readers. To join in, head here.