Alexis Taylor has been announced as a DJ at the Tate Britain House Warming Party – a series of events celebrating the recent renovation and rehang at the gallery. Alexis plays two sets on November 23rd (19.15 – 20.00 then 20.45 – 21.30). Entry is free.
Alexis Taylor plays a one-off solo show this weekend at Dalston’s Vortex club (with the fantastic Scottish musician RM Hubbert on Nov 9th) and a gig with About Group supporting Brokeback as part of the London Jazz Festival (at the Lexington on Nov 22).
A load of new DJ dates added for (nearly all) members of Hot Chip over the coming months:
25th Oct – Alexis & Justus Kohncke at Rockmarket, Frankfurt
26th Oct – Felix at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
7th Nov – Felix & Al at Postbahnhof, Berlin
8th Nov – Felix & Al at Bob Beaman, Munich
8th Nov – The 2 Bears at Fabric
9th Nov – 2 Bears at WAYF, Bournemouth
9th NOv – Felix & Al at Gewoelbe, Cologne
15th Nov – Joe at iBoat, Bordeaux
16th Nov – Joe at Somerset House, London
23rd Nov – Felix & Al at Nitsa, Barcelona
29th Nov – Al at Snafu, Aberdeen
6th Dec – Joe at Seeds, Oslo
Alexis plays a one-off solo show in London tomorrow (Saturday 28th Sept) at Dalston’s best little gig venue, the Servant Jazz Quarters. Alexis will be playing before San Francisco born artist Kirsten Knick. DJs on the night are Nick Forgacs, John Coxon and Alexis himself. Tickets are available on the door from 8pm.
Alexis plays guest spots a couple of interesting shows next month. First, one with Fimber Bravo in Oxford on October 11th at the Pegasus Theatre, the following night as part of Faster than Sound/Aldeburgh Music’s night of Benjamin Britten inspired music with Green Gartside, Mara Carlyle, Anna Meredith, South London Ordnance, and Max de Wardener.
About Group‘s third album, Between the Walls, is released today (July 1st) on Domino Records (click here to buy the record from iTunes or here from Domino). The band play a one-off launch gig at the Victoria in Dalston tomorrow night (July 2nd) with Hot Chip and Spring Heel Jack DJs. Tickets are £8.50 on the door.
Reviews of Between the Walls:
‘Between the Walls is a fascinating insight into the creative process that crackles electricity between Taylor, former Spiritualized and Spring Heel Jack man John Coxon, drummer Charles Hayward and keyboard player Pat Thomas.’ Q
‘Grinding psychedelic grooves alternate with slow soulful jams interspersed with the odd sonic breakdown… an intriguing experiment.’ Financial Times
‘Walk on By seems to rise, like mist, from a soul organ and drum groove lashed with splintered guitar chords, ultimately building to a thrumming climax powered along by Charles Hayward’s Can-like drumming.’ The Independent
‘Wonderfully unhinged.’ This is Fake DIY
‘Between The Walls is the sound of four talented musicians setting their egos aside in the hope of finding moments of musical serendipity… there are many moments of exquisite beauty to enjoy on this record.’ Music OMH
‘This album is laced with a chaotic genius.’ London in Stereo
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)
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.”
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).
Alexis and friends will be spinning records in aid of Childhood First on Saturday 16th March at Life Bar (2-4 Old Street, London, EC1). DJing with Alexis on the night will be John Coxon (About Group, Spring Heeled Jack), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and Guy Bolongaro – all for a great cause and, to add to that, there’s the possibly of a surprise live performance from a very special guest.