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

Hot Chip Vs William Onyeabor

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Hot Chip have provided a mindblowing cover of William Onyeabor’s ‘Atomic Bomb’ for a forthcoming remix album. WHAT?! William Onyeabor Remixed features (among others) JD Twitch, the Vaccines, Scientist and Daphni and will be released for Record Store Day. In addition, Alexis Taylor takes part in two William Onyeabor tribute concerts. The first (at the Barbican) is sold out; tickets are still available for a second show at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Weds April 2nd. A film about the mysterious genius Onyeabor is online now via Pitchfork.

12 Weeks. 2 Bears.

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The 2 Bears return to active service with a twelve week residency at one of London’s best underground clubs, XOYO – beginning at the start of April. Ahead of a new record, Joe and Raf have put together a killer line up that includes Four Tet, Daphni (Carobou), Henrik Schwarz, Rob da Bank, Andrew Weatherall, Pachanga Boys and many many more. Of special interest – the 10th May Hot Chip takeover…

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Tickets are available in advance from the XOYO website.

New 2 Bears, Hot Chip and solo DJ Dates

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A bunch of new DJ dates for the 2 Bears, Alexis & Owen, Joe, Al and Felix (and a couple of tag team band sets too). The dates are:

28th Feb – Al Doyle at Elements with Anthony Mansfield (Disco Knights), Ingenious Rockers & the Diaz Brothers
8th Mar – The 2 Bears at Bugged Out Weekender
21st Mar – Alexis & Owen at 1500m2, Warsaw
25th Mar – The 2 Bears at Snowboxx, Andorra
28th Mar – Joe Goddard at Snafu, Aberdeen
28th Mar – Felix at Gibson, Frankfurt
29th Mar – Joe Goddard at Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
18th Apr – Hot Chip DJ set (curating a night with Paul Woolford) at Social Club, Paris
20th Apr – Hot Chip DJ set at Electron Festival, Geneva
3rd May – Felix Martin at Electric Palace, Bridport
23rd May – Felix Martin at Hay on Wye Literary Festival

Check the Live section for venue details and festival locations.

New Bears: John Wizards Remix, Rinse FM…

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Ahead of proper 2 Bears album news in the New Year, Joe and Raf have been busying themselves with a bit of on air DJing and a couple of remixes. First up, they stepped back into the Rinse studio this week for a show on Tuesday night. There’s a podcast version of it online here. Remix wise, there are reworks of Tookah, the title track off the last Emiliana Torrini album and of
the brilliant new John Wizards’ single Muizenberg (if you’ve not heard the LP, it’s a blinder). More news coming soon.