Alexis releases single with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and announces last UK show of 2014

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

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

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

 
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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).
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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:
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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
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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).
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 For further information and tickets go to www.newbuildband.com, or click the links below
Thanks!
Felix
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The dates are as follows:
DECEMBER
* with Museum Of Love (DFA Records)
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New Build are: Al Doyle, Felix Martin & Tom Hopkins and live they are joined by Joy Leah Joseph.
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The Night Is Young (and out now)

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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

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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.

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Hot Chip cover Dinosaur L’s Go Bang

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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.

New 2 Bears – The Night Is Young

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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.