Hot Chip Releases “Down” Remixes, Announces In-Store Concert Series
Hot Chip has released three new remixes of their recent single “Down,” and they’ve also announced a slew of upcoming in-store gigs.
The band announced in April that they would release their eighth studio album, “Freakout/Release,” on August 19 via Domino. With the news came a brand new single, “Down”, which arrived with a video directed by Douglas Hart and Steve Mackey.
Today (June 20), Hot Chip – consisting of Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, Felix Martin and Alexis Taylor – unveiled three new remixes of “Down” by Sworn Virgins, Nyra and Selector Dub Narcotic (aka Calvin Johnson).
You can discover the three titles below:
Along with new releases of “Down”, Hot Chip has also announced that they will be performing a series of in-store concerts in the UK ahead of their four-night residency at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in September.
The band will kick off the in-store gigs with a banquet performance at PRYZM, Kingston on August 18. They will then do a resident show at Chalk in Brighton on August 19, followed by a DJ set at Rough Trade East, London on August 23.
Tickets for the Banquet and Resident stores go on sale tomorrow (June 21) at 9am BST while tickets for the in-store Rough Trade East go on sale now – get tickets here.
Hot Chip’s in-store concert dates are as follows:
18 – Banquet at PRYZM, Kingston
19 – Resident at Chalk, Brighton
23 – Rough Trade East, London (DJ set)
Remaining tickets for the band’s concerts at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 21, 22, 23 and 24 are on sale here.
“Freakout/Release” was written and recorded at the band’s Relax & Enjoy studio in East London, and was particularly inspired by the band’s regular live cover of “Sabotage” The Beastie Boys.
“The idea of being out of control is always present in dance music, in a positive sense,” Hot Chip’s Al Doyle said in a press release. Frontman Alexis Taylor added, “By the time we were able to get back together, we were turning on a tap and had a lot of ideas pouring in pretty quickly.”
Regarding the album’s lyrical themes, Joe Goddard said, “We were going through a time when it was very easy to feel that people were losing control of their lives in different ways. There is a darkness that runs through many of these tracks.