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.
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.
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.
Alexis has teamed up with the legendary Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to release a double A-side single – ‘Am I Not A Weaker Soldier?’ – on December 1st. The A-side features label mate Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy performing a version of Alexis’ track ‘Am I Not A Soldier’ (taken from his recent Await Barbarians album). The flip features Alexis’ version of ‘The Weaker Soldier’, from Arise Therefore Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s 1996 LP with Palace Music. The single is be available as a 7” which comes with a download card featuring a remix of the original ‘Am I Not A Soldier’ by Zongamin. The digital bundle also features the remix. Listen to the Zongamin remix of ‘Am I Not a Soldier’ here.
Alexis plays his final show of the year on November 22nd at The Crypt Studio in Crouch End, London as part of The Local’s ‘The End’ festival. Support comes from Technology and Teamwork, Copa America, Hannah Lou Clarke and Luc Journot Tickets are available here.
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:
New Hot Chip and 2 Bears DJ dates in Seattle, Vancouver, San Fran, L.A. and Acapulco… Check the live section for more information…
We’re excited to announce that Alexis Taylor is heading to Japan to play his first ever solo show there at the end of this month. October 29th at Bar Gari Gari, 2-45-9 Daizawa Tobita Bldg B1, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 155-0032. Ticket information here.
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.
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.
Hot Chip have covered Arthur Russell’s all-time classic, Go Bang (originally released under the name Dinosaur L) for a compilation of new versions of Russell’s songs. Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell is released on Yep Roc with all profits going to the Red Hot Organization. The album features recordings by Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Jose Gonzalez, Scissor Sisters and many others.