A quick heads up on a fantastic new Osborne single featuring Joe Goddard. It’s out on Spectral Sound on July 22nd (with an additional remix from Joe).
Hot Chip have are one of the first five acts announced for the Paris Pitchfork Festival (alongside the Knife, Deerhunter, Warpaint, Junip and the Haxan Cloak. The festival takes place between October 31st and November 2nd at la Grande Halle de la Villette.
The good people at Oki-Ni have posted an exclusive hour-long mix by Alexis Taylor. Called Enlightenment, it’s the perfect musical accompaniment to bleached out summer days. Says Alexis: “I took Enlightenment as a loose theme – some of the tracks suggest spiritual enlightenment, or reflection upon our time alone on the earth; in others characters journey through drunkenness and sobriety, and it’s unclear whether or not there is any great moment of enlightenment – although it is clear that they certainly see things. Some are in search of a greater truth, or someone/some thing to help bear the weight of the world, and others travel on personal journeys of discovery about what matters and what does not in love.”
The full tracklisting for Englightenment is:
1. Jai Rama Chandra – Alice Coltrane
2. Enlightenment (El Saturn single version) – Sun Ra and his Astro-Galactic Infinity Akestra
3. Jesus’s Birthday – Alexis Taylor
4. Pink Elephants on Parade – Chorus and Orchestra (Dumbo Soundtrack)
5. Sleepy Time – Raymond Scott
6. Pray 4 Love – Moodymann
7. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker – Prince
8. Lovely How I Let My Mind Float – De La Soul feat. Biz Markie
9. Right Here (Teddy Riley Human Nature Remix) – SWV
10. It Didn’t Matter – The Style Council
11. Night After Night – David Sea
12. Who’s Gonna Take The Weight – Gangstarr
13. Brown Rice – Don Cherry
14. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground -Blind Willie Johnson
15. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Odetta
16. Enlightenment – Sun Ra and his Arkestra (Jazz in Silhouette album version)
Hot Chip have announced details of a new, one-off single to be released on July 22nd. Dark and Stormy will be released on 10″ and download and is the first new Hot Chip recording since 2012′s hugely acclaimed In Our Heads (which featured in The Guardian, MOJO, The Sun, Mixmag and DJ Mag’s Top 20 albums of the year). Like that album, Dark and Stormy was recorded with Mark Ralph at Club Ralph studio in London. It also features Charles Hayward from This Heat/About Group guesting on drums. You can listen to the track here.
The single’s B side is a new version of In Our Heads’ Look At Where We Are featuring Tori and Reiko Kudo from the legendary Japanese folk-psych collective Maher Shalal Hash Baz who have revocalled the track in their native tongue.
As previously announced, Hot Chip will play a series of summer festivals across the globe including at UK festival exclusive at Latitude (on before the mighty Kraftwerk on Saturday July 20th) – all current live dates are listed here.
About Group have announced details of the first single taken from their forthcoming album. All Is Not Lost will be released on June 24th 2013. The album, Between The Walls, will be available on July 1st.
All Is Not Lost is a classic heartbreak ballad; hinting at a more modern r’n'b mode of writing, the strange but wonderful airlessness of such productions is replaced here with the electricity and liveliness of a straight to tape recording session, capturing the band in performance.
The accompanying video was directed by Swedish artist, Henrik Håkansson: “This film is a collage of projects that have recently been exhibited as single works, where bits and pieces are psyched together to create a visionary and open reading to words and music. The visions of my work use reflections of or by fragments in our surrounding environment, mirroring a personal statement on the state of our natural world today. In the end it is a shared vision of gain and loss.” You can watch the video here.
Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads.
Between The Walls will be available on CD (WIGCD292), LP (WIGLP292), DL (WIG292D) and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops, available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.
About Group is
Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now)
John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Between The Walls is About Group’s last album with Charles Hayward who now moves on to other projects.
Fainting by Numbers – aka Alexis Taylor and Justus Köhncke – have a double A side single out at the moment. As well as a cover of John Lennon’s Watching the Wheels, the single features a Fainting by Numbers original, A Stone in the Ground (click link below to watch the video).
Alexis Taylor says of the video: “Award-winning visual artist Oliver Payne has made an incredibly beautiful, funny and very affecting video for A Stone In The Ground. Justus and I are really pleased with how Oliver’s video turned out – it is by far one of the most wonderful things I’ve been involved with, and certainly a breath of fresh air in the world of music videos. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
Hot Chip‘s summer schedule has been coming together on the site for the last couple of months now. In case you’ve missed any gig announcements or want to check whether the band are swinging by your town/country, here are all this year’s summer festival dates – now updated with ticket links.
25/05 – Primavera (Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain)
01/06 – Ahmad Tea Music Festival (Hermitage Garden, Moscow, Russia)
13/07 – Ilosaarirock (Joensuu, Finland)
20/07 – Latitude Festival (Southwold, UK)
21/07 – Longitude Festival (Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland)
27/07 – Blue Balls Festival (Luzern, Switzerland)
02/08 – Lollapolooza (Grant Park, Chicago, USA)
03/08 – The Grove Music Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, On, Canada)
04/08 – Osheaga Festival (Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal)
15/08 – Paredes de Coura (Porto, Portugal)
17/08 – Route de Rock (St Malo, France)
31/08 – Popoganda Festival (Stockholm, Sweden)
As well as Hot Chip live dates, there are various DJ dates by most band members taking place across the whole summer – the live pages were fully updated with all available dates last week, check there for details.
About Group – the quartet of John Coxon, Charles Hayward, Alexis Taylor and Pat Thomas – have announced details of Between The Walls. Their third album will be released through Domino on July 1st.
Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads. ‘The balance between songwriting and free playing, and a lack of clarity about which mode we will be in for any given amount of time, is the key to About Group.’ Alexis Taylor
Between The Walls will be available on CD, LP, download and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops which will be available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.
The album features:
1 After Video
2 Walk On By
3 All Is Not Lost
5 Graph Paper
6 Make The World Laugh
7 Love Because
10 I Never Lock That Door
12 If You Can’t Love Me
About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip).
Currently playing festivals and packed out headline shows across the States, it’s fair to say Hot Chip have blown a fair few minds. The Guardian’s Tim Jonze tweeted that last weekend’s set at Coachella was the best of the weekend and added in a review online “Hot Chip have been steadily building themselves a reputation as one of Britain’s best pop bands and the same can be said for their live show, a set almost scientficially engineered to thrill a giddy festival crowd”. Meanwhile, across the other side of the country, the Village Voice reviewed the band’s earlier sold out New York Roseland Ballroom gig as “an unstoppable, endlessly gratifying 80 to 90 minute party.”
The band’s U.S. dates continue this week with a show in Las Vegas on Thursday (with support from Four Tet) and a second Coachella set on Saturday evening (4/20). After that, the band begin an all out assault on the summer festival circuit, playing shows in Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Canada, France, the US and the UK. As always, all dates can be found in the live section of this site.