Hot Chip front man Alexis Taylor pares everything back to just piano and voice for an intimate record of new songs, reinterpretations of his…Read More
Hailing from London, Hot Chip entered the picture with the release of their 2000 debut, Mexico. The EP was issued by Victory Garden Records, a label owned and operated by members of London’s resident lo-fi psychedelic rock institution Southall Riot. The Mexico EP was a hypnotic wash of subtle — nearly subliminal — pulse-like techno beats, acoustic guitars, and plinky pianos, but the vocals were the true star of the show (no small feat in a musical climate overrun with disaffected Lou Reed-esque mumblers and bland Eddie Vedder impersonators). The voices of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard are a fine study in contrast. Taylor offers dreamy, effortless falsettos that cut to the heart of the beauty of performers like Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake (minus any of the pretentiousness of Radiohead or even Coldplay, or the bland vocal acrobatics of Remy Zero). Meanwhile, scattered throughout the record (and in the occasional duet), Goddard offers a tone that sounds a bit more world-weary and at times almost gruff in comparison to Taylor, calling to mind Damon Albarn’s cool monotone tendencies.
Self-released by Hot Chip in 2002, Sanfrandisco E-Pee showed the band dabbling in more playful sounds, from the beatbox dubbing of the title track to the closing notes of “Fanta,” in which Taylor pleads with the listener to “make sounds of the summer.” There are moments of gorgeous melancholy as well, but on the whole, the album feels a bit more hopeful than Mexico did. The group signed to revered N.Y.C. record label DFA in 2005 and released the Over and Over EP, as well as the excellent 2006 full-length The Warning. Hot Chip kept busy in 2007 by supporting The Warning with singles and consistent touring, and released a DJ-Kicks mix album. Late that year, the single “Ready for the Floor” heralded the arrival of Made in the Dark, which featured some of the band’s most focused grooves and poppiest melodies to date. The mellower One Life Stand followed in 2010, along with a remix collection later that year. Hot Chip left DFA for Domino, which released the more uptempo, experimental In Our Heads in 2012.
Hot Chip front man Alexis Taylor has released the video for “I’m Ready,” the first single from his upcoming album, Piano. Directed by Simon…Read More
Los Angeles-based YACHT presented us with “Ringtone,” last month, the third cut from the concept-bending and genre-defying album I Thought The Future Would be…Read More
Hot Chip are to release a brand new four track EP entitled Dancing In the Dark, this Friday October 23rd. The EP opens up…Read More
Today Hot Chip release a remix package for their current single, “Started Right”, featuring a Seven Davis Jr ‘Clean Jacket’ Remix plus a Joe…Read More
Hot Chip have released a video for “Started Right”, taken from the band’s new album, Why Make Sense? Watch the video now below. The…Read More
Six albums into their creative lifespan Hot Chip seemed to have had an epiphany, nicely summed up by musical architect Joe Goddard “Maybe…Read More
Dark & Stormy is the first new Hot Chip recording since their album, In Our Heads. The track was recorded at Club Ralph in London and features Charles Hayward from This Heat / About Group on drums. Dark & Stormy will be available on 10”Read More
Phoenix, Girl Talk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Hot Chip top the lineup for the inaugural edition of The Grove Music Festival, a one-day…Read More
Hot Chip share their new video for Don’t Deny Your Heart, the band’s latest single which is released today. The band have continued their creative relationship with Peter Serafinowicz, who previously directed videos for singles I Feel Better and Night and DayRead More
Yes, I think so. We wanted to make a bigger sounding album. We had 20-30 tracks to choose from. We didn’t approach the writing of the record any differently then other sessions. The one big difference was working with engineer Mark RalphRead More
Dance music always seems to provoke the cringeworthy image of drunken nights out and the hazy heavy headed feeling of enjoying yourself too much. It’s a music genre that has never been synonymous with subtly or intimacy.Read More