A unique, personal collection that is both euphoric and melancholic, 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 UKs 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 years A Bath Full of Ecstasy, received rave reviews across the globe from both critics and fans.
Hot Chips LateNightTales opens with the simplistic beauty of Christina Vantzous At Dawn, before morphing in to the first of four exclusive tracks from the band - the floating, transcendent Nothings Changed, before Rhythm & Sound ft. Cornell Campbell serve up the heavy dub classic, King In My Empire.
The journey continues with Pale Blues Have You Passed Through This Night, a silky, cold wave disco track, while Suzanne Krafts Femme Cosmic and Fever Rays 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 Undergrounds 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 Frahms 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.
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.