Alexis Taylor joins a stellar cast in New York’s Central Park for a one-off William Onyeabor tribute concert in October. The bill includes Jamie Lidell, Sinkane, Money Mark and the Mahotella Queens – expect more names to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets are available 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.
The 2 Bears have announced details of their forthcoming second album. The Night Is Young. The record is due for release on Southern Fried on October 13th and is available to download from iTunes, Amazon and the 2 Bears website. The tracklisting for The Night Is Young is:
1. Get Out
2. Angel (Touch Me)
3. Money Man
4. Not This Time
5. See You
6. Son Of The Sun
7. Unbuild It
8. Modern Family
9. Mary Mary
10. Run Run
11. My Queen
12. The Night Is Young
Check the brilliant video for Money Man featuring Stylo G below.
Alexis recently played a full-band live show supporting Damon Albarn at the Days Off Festival in Paris – you can watch the whole thing online here.
‘Tender, intimate ballads and more exploratory folk-pop pieces’.
Metro – 4*
‘Not for nothing is he among the most quietly clever indie-pop stars around’.
‘An ornate and edifying musical adventure’.
Daily Mirror 4*
‘Spacious, introspective and completely genre-defying, these tracks have a floating, dream-like quality, complimented by Taylor’s pleasantly reedy voice.’
‘This is an album full of wistful, careworn emotions and a sense of quiet profundity.’
Daily Telegraph – 4*
‘To hear a record which builds such rich mood and character in so unshowy a fashion these days is a rare treat.’
Scotland On Sunday – 4*
‘Quirky and diverse…’
Mail On Sunday – 4*
‘It brims with never-ending tenderness… gorgeous’
The Sunday Times
‘Await Barbarians is a trove of sentiment and intricacy’
The Line of Best Fit
‘A beguiling and downbeat gem’.
Drowned in Sound
‘Lo-Fi gold… Priceless musical masterpieces… this is f***ing MINT.’
Weekend Sport – 5*
‘A more confident and coherent sound than before. He moves effortlessly from a claustrophobic and dry soundscape into a palette that is spacious, warm and inviting.’
‘Await Barbarians honestly boasts Taylor’s talent as a musician, and should be praised for un-conventional music it beholds.’
Slate The Disco
‘…one of the country’ s most idiosyncratic songsmiths…’
Dot And Dashes
‘Showing a different side to himself with downbeat, introspective songs about booze, love and growing old.’
Curious Animal 9/10
Joe Goddard heads to Paris for a one-off Greco-Roman party on Friday 20th June. Discus takes place at the Social Club, 142 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris from 11pm til 6am. Joining Joe on the night are: A Guy Called Gerald, Lxury, Greco-Roman Soundsystem and the Svens. For more information, click here.
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.
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
The full tracklist for Await Barbarians is:
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
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.
Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin and Al Doyle are heading to Australia for a handful of rare collective Hot Chip DJ dates, ending up at a pair of Holeandcorner parties in Sydney and Melbourne. They play: