Alexis Joins Just Jam This Saturday

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Just Jam Web

Alexis has just been announced as part of an incredible line-up for the immersive audio-visual Just Jam event this Saturday (December 13th) at the Barbican. Music on the night comes from Omar Souleyman, D Double E & General Levy ft Sticky, Alexis & Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance), J.M.E & Big Narstie ft Preditah, Traxman & Litebulb, Mumdance & Novelist, Uniiqu3, Drippin and Maboku while visual accompaniment comes from artists such as Aaron Chan, Sabrina Ratté, Natalia Stuyk, Nicolas Sassoon, Chris King, Sara Ludy, Daniel Swan, Emilio Gomariz, Hector Llanquín, Małgosia Woźnica, Rachel Noble. Click here for tickets and more information.

Felix & Al’s Hot Chip DJ North American Thundersnow Tour 2014


Al & myself have some North American Hot Chip DJ dates in the next couple of weeks, starting tonight (Wednesday 26th) at  Neumos Seattle … really excited to be coming back to one our favourite venues in the US!

To celebrate here is a free download a DJ mix I made a few months back, enjoy…

Tomorrow (Thursday 27th) we are at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver.

Friday 28th November – at the MEZZANINE with the deeply sexy The 2 Bears

Saturday 29th November – at Avalon in Los Angeles, once again entwined with the Bears.

Saturday 6th December – at Fixed NYC with the supreme Dave P

Saturday 13th December – fantastic looking party with @transmissioneventsaustin in Austin with DFA darlings Museumoflove

And in between all that, a tour with me & Al’s other band New Build

And some riots. And some snow.

Hope to see you along the way.


New Build USA

New Build Album “Pour It On” Out Now, Live Band on Tour!

New Build USA

New Build, featuring Felix & Al from Hot Chip, announce details of new single ‘Pour It On’, vinyl release of album & North American tour dates.


Listen to tracks from “Pour It On” and a remix from Sinkane here:

Hi there, me & Al are releasing a new single, Pour It On, along with the vinyl release of our recent album and a run of North American dates in December, following on from some DJ dates that we have on the West Coast (more details of those on the Events page).
The track  is taken from our recent album of the same name, Pour It Onwhich was recorded at our own Lanark Studios in East London and Club Ralph in West London with Mark Ralph (Franz Ferdinand, Clean Bandit, Hot Chip). Here are some of the nicer things people have written about the album:
Al and Felix Hot Chip nail that soul-crushing sort of melancholic electronic moodiness on their new track – The Guardian
Slick and dance-floor ready – Clash
Blissed- out serenity – Q Magazine
We head to the North America in December for this little run, incredibly excited to be bringing the live show back after some fun shows last time around.  This run includes a show at New York’s Mercury Loungeand several shows with New York’s Museum of Love, featuring the extraordinary Pat Mahoney (the drummer for LCD Soundsystem).
 For further information and tickets go to, or click the links below
The dates are as follows:
* with Museum Of Love (DFA Records)
New Build are: Al Doyle, Felix Martin & Tom Hopkins and live they are joined by Joy Leah Joseph.

The Night Is Young (and out now)


The 2 Bears new LP, The Night Is Young, is out today. Last week’s Album of the Week in the Guardian, The Night Is Young follows 2012’s hugely acclaimed Be Strong… here’s the story of how it all came together…

Two years ago The 2 Bears dropped a debut album that re-invigorated a genre and gathered music fans in the open embrace of house music. On October 13th they return with the second installment The Night Is Young, the eagerly awaited follow up released on Southern Fried. Where debut smash ‘Be Strong’ was rooted in their love for London, The Night Is Young takes on a more global vision. With a love for their home city still at its heart, the album pulls influences and experiences from across the world of dance music, drawing deeply from their trip to Africa last summer. As part of a project for Brixton based youth magazine Live, the duo played shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg and spent time recording in a studio run by BLKJKS’s Tsepang Ramoba. The lead vocals for Son Of The Sun were recorded there with a young singer called Sbusiso and Kwaito legend Senyaka, who also added his vocal to lead single Angel (Touch Me).

Speeding through multiple genres, often condensed into single tracks, The Night Is Young lifts The 2 Bear’s famed, eclectic DJ sets to higher realms, shifting the imperative to lose both body and mind distinctly up a gear. ‘I love tunes that disguise things,’ says Joe. ‘A really sweet melody with a really dark sentiment. Money Man is meant to be like that, you can have those glossy reggae records that still say something. We didn’t want to just be in that culture of not saying anything, where it’s all a fantasy world and everyone just goes and gets f****d up but no one says anything.’

It’s a stark contrast and one that cleverly moves the full-on party hedonism of their debut forward, without sacrificing any of its unadulterated disco charm. The record undulates, it’s like a taster menu; courses of hard house, soft reggae, punchy ragga, piano tear-jerkers, funk and soul, all made crystalline with the typically high level of production and the passion of Raf’s voice. The Lambsbread & Weepers EP showed the diversity of TNIY with the aforementioned Money Man, the soulful Get Out + bonus track Which Way.

Honing their craft with all the care and attention paid to a well-groomed patch of facial hair, Raf and Joe have bounced from Brixton to Tel Aviv via Cape Town, sharing the decks ever since their fateful incarnation, delivering a memorable blend of house, techno, ragga and more to almost every continent. A bearded pilgrimage if you will, and one that has coloured in the bold dancefloor-centric shapes of their second album The Night Is Young.

The 2 Bears take The Night Is Young on the road for their first ever UK live tour at the end of this month. Click here for ticket details. The dates are:

OCT 28 The Haunt, Brighton
OCT 29 Islington Mill, Manchester
OCT 30 Tufnell Park Dome, London
NOV 1 Opium Rooms, Dublin
NOV 4 King Tut’s, Glasgow
DEC 19 The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Before those dates – this Thursday in fact! – the Bears play a one-off instore at Rough Trade East. For ticket info, visit the Rough Trade shop site here.

New Build “The Sunlight” Video

Pour It On

Felix Martin & Al Doyle’s band New Build have signed a record deal with the label Sunday Best and their album ‘Pour It On‘ is released on October 20th. “The Sunlight” is the first song to be released from the new album and now Sam Lawlor & Lindsay Pollock, close friends and collaborators with both New Build and Hot Chip, have created a beautiful and strangely haunting video for the track.

Video made by Sam Lawlor & Lindsay Pollock at Lanark Studio 2014. Taken from ‘Pour It On’, out October 20th on Sunday Best Recordings.

Pre-order ‘Pour It On’ on iTunes and get ‘The Sunlight’ download immediately or order on CD and 12” Vinyl via Sunday Best.

Follow New Build on Facebook, on Twitter, on Youtube and Spotify.

Alexis Awaits…

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Alexis Taylor celebrates the release of Await Barbarians, his second solo album, (Domino, June 16th) with a series of dates in the UK, the US and Europe. He will take to the road playing bass, synths, guitar, drums and machines backed by Zongamin.

Alexis plays:

Jun 16 The Vortex, London (w/ very Special Secret Guests!)
Jun 17 The Art Bar, Oxford GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 18 Brudenell Social, Leeds (support from Rozi Plain) GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 19 Band On The Wall, Manchester (again w/ Rozi Plain) GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 20 Roundhouse (Camden Crawl), London
Jun 22 Dinefwr Literary Festival, Llandeilo
Jun 28 The Glade, Glastonbury Festival (with Jon Hopkins, the Radiophonic Workshop, Dinos Chapman – Sold Out)
Jul 9 Days Off Festival, Paris
Jul 10 Verboten, Brooklyn (DJ set)
Jul 11 Mezzanine, San Francisco (DJ set)
Jul 12 Avalon, Los Angeles (DJ set)
Jul 13 The Mint, Los Angeles
Jul 14 Joe’s Pub, New York
Jul 18 Howlin’ Fling, Eigg (Sold Out)
Jul 26 Siren Festival, Vasto, Italy
Aug 29 End Of The Road Festival, Shaftsbury
Sep 6 Festival No 6, Portmeirion
Oct 3 Waves Festival, Vienna

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The full tracklist for Await Barbarians is:

Lazy Bones
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Immune System
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
Piano Ducks
New Hours
Where Would I Be?
Am I Not A Soldier?
Without A Crutch (1)

The album is released on Domino. Copies of the LP purchased through Domino’s online shop or from indie retailers will include a bonus 7” featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover) and Song Of Long.

New 2 Bears – ‘Angel’


Following on from the announcement of their 12 week stand at Xoyo (featuring a Hot Chip takeover this Saturday), The 2 Bears tease the release of their second album – The Night Is Young – with the video for Angel (hosted by Thump). The phenomenal promo is not for the faint hearted… more to come soon. In the meantime, the Bears Xoyo dates are:

17/05 The 2 Bears + Hot Chip
24/05 The 2 Bears + Bestival takeover: Rob Da Bank + Cuban Brothers + Severino
31/05 The 2 Bears + Matias Aguayo
07/06 The 2 Bears + Andrew Weatherall + Emperor Machine (Live)
14/06 The 2 Bears + Greco Roman takeover: Wookie + TCTS
21/06 The 2 Bears + Steve Bug
28/06 The 2 Bears all night long (Optimo in Room 2)

Click here for details & tickets.

Alexis Taylor’s ‘Await Barbarians’ Announced

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Domino have announced the release of Await Barbarians, Alexis Taylor’s second solo album (and first for the label) on 9th June 2014. Alexis will be touring to support the album (full tour dates below the album biog). Watch a clip for the first track from the album – Elvis Has Left The Building – here:

“Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor’s Await Barbarians, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.

“Playing and recording all the instruments himself apart from strings, Taylor also presents a more reflective side of his writing and singing, which comes into focus in a more confident and defined manner than before. With its brushed cymbal-led quiet and solitude, and its startlingly direct recording approach, the album recalls in places the work of such English luminaries as Mark Hollis and Robert Wyatt. Recalling such recordings is one thing, but the record doesn’t sound especially like those. Await Barbarians‘ soundworld is entirely Taylor’s own – at times claustrophobic, synth-led and dry, and at others spacious, warm and homely, it always places Taylor’s unique and recognizable vocals up front in the mix, rarely adorned by audible effects.

Await Barbarians is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening, and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and profound feeling, a truly significant album by one of the country’s most continually arresting musicians.”

Watch a video for the album track ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’, HERE.

Await Barbarians will be available on CD (WIGCD334), standard LP (WIGLP334) and Digital (WIG334D). Copies of the LP purchased through Dom Mart or indie retailers will include a bonus 7” featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover), b/w Song Of Long. Click HERE to buy the album through Dom Mart.

The tracklisting for Await Barbarians is as follows:

Lazy Bones
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Immune System
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
Piano Ducks
New Hours
Where Would I Be?
Am I Not A Soldier?
Without A Crutch (1)

Alexis will be performing live throughout the summer. The dates are:

Fri 23/05/14: Hay on Wye – The Globe
Sun 25/05/14: London – The Ace Hotel – SOLD OUT
Sat 31/05/14: Glasgow – The Wee Chill
Thur 12/06/14: London – The Vortex
Wed 18/06/14: Leeds – The Brudenell
Thu 19.06/14: Manchester – Band On The Wall
Fri 20/06/14: London – Roundhouse Studio
Fri 18/07/14: Eigg – Howlin’ Fling – SOLD OUT
Fri 29/08/14: Shaftsbury – End Of The Road Festival
Sat 06/09/14: Portmeirion – Festival Number 6