UK electronic artpop outfit Hot Chip provide the perfect antidote to these strange and uncertain times with the latest release in the hugely popular LateNightTales artist-curated series.
Along with featuring new music from the band, they have selected music from some of the most engaging artists of the 21st century, taking in pulsating electronic rhythms, hypnotic grooves and leftfield ambience.
Spearheaded by founders Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, Hot Chip are one of the UK’s most interesting and much-loved acts. Since releasing their debut album ‘Coming On Strong’ in 2004, they have received a Grammy Award nomination (‘Ready for the Floor’) and Mercury Prize nomination (‘The Warning’) and their seventh studio album, last year’s ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy,’ received rave reviews across the globe from both critics and fans.
A unique, personal collection that is both euphoric and melancholic.
“I think we all had slightly different understandings of what a Late Night Tales compilation might consist of; varying interpretations of the brief. For some the mix might be what you’d want to listen to as your late night continues, after a night out. For others maybe it suggested a selection of music for listening to as you drift off to sleep; then again it could just be music evocative of night time, or concerned with its traditionally ‘darker’ moods,” says Taylor.
Hot Chip’s ‘LateNightTales’ opens with the simplistic beauty of Christina Vantzou’s ‘At Dawn,’ before morphing in to the first of four exclusive tracks from the band - the floating, transcendent ‘Nothing’s Changed’, before Rhythm & Sound ft. Cornell Campbell serve up the heavy dub classic, ‘King In My Empire’.
The journey continues with Pale Blue’s ‘Have You Passed Through This Night’, a silky, cold wave disco track, while Suzanne Kraft’s ‘Femme Cosmic’ and Fever Ray’s ‘To The Moon and Back’ provide squelchy synth-pop. Furthermore, the punchy ‘Much To Touch’ from Bolton-born, Berlin based producer Planningtorock and an ethereal cover of Velvet Underground’s ‘Candy Says’ by our hosts add an element of displacement and detachment.
Elsewhere, other highlights include an appearance from synth-pop auteur Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with ‘Who I Am & Why I Am Where’ and new material from Alexis’ ‘other’ band, the improv-mavens About Group, along with the adventurous ‘Workaround Two’ from electronic experimentalist Beatrice Dillon and German composer, Nils Frahm’s beautifully evocative ‘Ode’. But it is left to Alexis’ father to have the final word, with an elegant excerpt from the daring ‘Finnegans Wake’ by James Joyce.
“We’ve put together a mix of music which ties all of these ideas together and represents some of our favourite music new and old, some of it directly influential on Hot Chip and some of it music we have discovered and loved, been surprised by and connected to. There are three new songs of ours which we’re really proud of, and which I think connect naturally with the nocturnal world the compilation speaks of, and a cover of ‘Candy Says’ which is one of the first songs the very early version of Hot Chip played when we were still at school,” says Taylor.
The LateNightTales series was established back in 2001 with Fila Brazilia taking to the controls and mixing up the first of what would continue to be the first choice of music connoisseurs worldwide. Since then, the series has seen releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Floating Points, David Holmes, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Röyksopp and many more.
STAFF COMMENTSMartin says:
Two decades into their career and it’s fair to say that the enduring electro-poppers know a thing or two about a tune, and their entry into the Late Night Tales series is brimming with them. Any DJ mix which includes Rhythm & Sound, Nils Frahm and a cover version of the Velvet Underground is fine by me.
01. Christina Vantzou – At Dawn
02. Hot Chip – Nothing’s Changed (Exclusive Track)
03. Rhythm & Sound Feat Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
04. Pale Blue – Have You Passed Through This Night
05. Suzanne Kraft - Femme Cosmic
06. Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back
07. Planningtorock - Much To Touch
08. Charlotte Adigéry – 1,618
09. Mike Salta – Hey Moloko
10. Matthew Bourne – Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (for Coral Evans)
11. Hot Chip – Candy Says (Exclusive Velvet Underground Cover Version)
12. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Who I Am And Why Am I Where
13. About Group – The Long Miles
14. Beatrice Dillon – Workaround Two
15. Hot Chip – Worlds Within Worlds (Exclusive Track)
16. Daniel Blumberg - The Bomb
17. Nils Frahm - Ode
18. Hot Chip – None Of These Things (Exclusive Track)
19. Neil Taylor - Finnegan's Wake Excerpt (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
A1. Christina Vantzou - At Dawn (2:51)
A2. Hot Chip - Nothing's Changed (4:37)
A3. Rhythm & Sound Ft Cornell Campbell - King In My Empire (Burial Mix) (6:26)
A4. Pale Blue - Have You Passed Through This Night (6:20)
B1. Suzanne Kraft - Femme Cosmic (4:43)
B2. Fever Ray - To The Moon And Back (4:38)
B3. PlanningToRock - Much To Touch (4:42)
B4. Charlotte Adigery - 1,618 (5:59)
C1. Mike Salta - Hey Moloko (4.05)
C2. Matthew Bourne - Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (4:04)
C3. Hot Chip - Candy Says (3:31)
C4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Who I Am & Why I Am Where (5:21)
C5. Beatrice Dillon - Workaround Two (4:22)
D1. Hot Chip - Worlds Within Worlds (5:38)
D2. Daniel Blumberg - The Bomb (4:59)
D3. Nils Frahm - Ode (4:35)
D4. Hot Chip - None Of These Things (4:04)
D5. Neil Taylor - Finnegan's Wake Excerpt (1:48)