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Hot Chip announce new album and share the stomping opener “Down”

Hot Chip will release their eighth album Freakout/Release on August 19 through Domino. It’s their first since 2019’s A Bath Full of Ecstasy and obviously their first since the pandemic, which kept them apart for quite a while. “We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways,” Joe Goddard explains. “There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks.”

However, the album isn’t doom and gloom: “By the time we were able to be back together, we were turning on a tap and having a lot of ideas being poured out quite quickly” adds Alexis Taylor.

The band have shared opening track “Down” which combines their effervescent creativity with some paranoid lyricism. Around a sample of Universal Togetherness Band’s “More Than Enough” they’ve built a robust dance track filled with rolling piano keys and slamming four on the floor beats, ensuring the irrepressible rhythm bursts through the fear to make “Down” is a surefire party slammer.

Watch the video for “Down” below or find it on streaming platforms.

Hot Chip’s new album Freakout/Release is out on August 19 through Domino (pre-order/save). You can find Hot Chip on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

They’ll be playing these live dates:

19th April – The Warfield, San Francisco
22nd April – Humphrey’s Concerts, San Diego
23rd April – Coachella, Indio
24th April – The Van Buren, Phoenix
26th April – Mission Ballroom, Denver
27th April – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque
29th April – House of Blues, Dallas
30th April – Stubb’s Waller Amphitheater, Austin
2nd May – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville
3rd May – Tabernacle, Atlanta
5th May – The Orange Peel, Asheville
7th May – Pulso GNP Festival, Mexico City
9th May – House of Blues, Boston
10th May – Avant Gardner, Brooklyn
11th May – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia
13th May – Stage AE, Pittsburgh
14th May – Radius, Chicago
3rd June – Junction 1 Summer Series, Glasgow
5th June – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin

8th July – Cruilla Barcelona
15th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon
16th July – Beat Herder, Clitheroe

6th August – Wide Skies & Butterflies, Norfolk

2nd September – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga

21st September – o2 Academy Brixton, London
22nd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London
23rd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London
24th September – o2 Academy Brixton, London
1st October – Tempodrom, Berlin
2nd October – Live Music Hall, Cologne
3rd October – AB Ballroom, Brussels
5th October – Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht
8th October – Olympia, Paris