As if I needed another reason to rave about Hot Chip, I ran across two new tracks of theirs just a few minutes ago. Both tracks are apparently from a limited EP that was given to the first 200 people to arrive at a recent London gig. Thanks to the intarwebs, however, a lot more than 200 people are going to hear these tracks, and thank God for that. Not to play favorites, but you really, really need to hear “So Deep”, the EP opener. “So Deep” is Hot Chip at their best, a steamy, creepy slice of killer electro-funk. No word on whether or not these tracks will appear on the duo’s upcoming Made In The Dark, but we can always hope, right?
[From the Normal EP, which you're probably not going to get a hold of]
On a totally unrelated note, you can stream Ghost’s new album, The Big Doe Rehab in it’s entirety right here.
It’s been a while since I beat you over the head with my love for Panda Bear, and I’m feeling a little guilty for slacking for so long. Since we last checked in with Panda, four (!) new tracks have surfaced, along with Panda Bear Live At ZDB September 2004, a two part digital-only EP, which you can buy at the low-quality, DRM-riddled digital music store of you choice. The new tracks are all brilliant, particularly the Scott Walker-sampling ‘Laughed For A World Filled With Fantasy’. However, the dark, schizophrenic ‘Bonfire Of The Vanities’ is also pretty great. This is a must have for any Panda Bear fans.
Panda Bear – Laughed For A World Filled With Fantasy.mp3 (First snippet from live EP)
-Head over to Gorilla Vs. Bear for the theme song for YACHT’s ‘neverending tour’. Also, Jona Bechtolt has left The Blow to work as YACHT full-time.
- Blogarefordogs has an old Dan Bejar track, which is set to appear on The New Pornographers upcoming Challenger.
-I Guess I’m Floating hypes the criminally overlooked Seabear.
Happy Monday! We all hate them, so here are a few remixes to make things a little better. As usual, all the remixes here are good, but if you’re looking for something extra, I’d go with any of the YACHT remixes. They’ve got that bouncy optimism that you probably need today.
Myth Takes may have come out before SC had a chance to hype it, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. In fact, I spent most of January rocking out/dancing to ‘Must Be The Moon’ and ‘Heart Of Hearts’. I’d be surprised if !!!’s dance-punk album didn’t make my year-end list. A few weeks ago, the Hot Chip remix of ‘Must Be The Moon’, but I never had an opportunity to post it. Now, with the official video out, I finally do. I saw the video for the first time last night, and I have to say, I was seriously impressed. Stylistically, it kicks ass. I’m not sure if it’s the video’s not-so-subtle savageness, or the ever so freaky close-up, dark direction, but it’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. Oh, and that Hot Chip remix is pretty great, too.
Who doesn’t love Hot Chip? Seriously, who’s cold and distant enough not to fall in love with these guys? Definitely not me; The Warning is one of the few records from last year that I still make the time to listen to. In case you didn’t know, they’ll be releasing a DJ-Mix album for DJ-Kicks in May, and it looks to be shaping up quite nicely. In fact, to show you how nicely it’s turning out, I’ll leave you with this new Hot Chip song. Enjoy, and make a point of picking up DJ-Kicks: Hot Chip on May 21st.
It’s Monday again, and you know what that means: more remixes! They’re all pretty decent, but my personal favorite of the bunch is the Appogee remix of Bright Eye’s Lover I Don’t Have To Love. It keeps the best parts of the original, while adding an extra dose of electro. Enjoy!
Since I feel a rant coming on, I’ll give you a little break before it comes. So, welcome to the first remix roundup, where I bring together remixes from popular artists. Ideally, I should be able to do this every Monday, but you never can tell. I don’t have much to say about these remixes, except that if you can recognize ‘North American Scum’, you’re a better person than I am.
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum (Kris Menace Remix).mp3 (Remove upon request)
An interesting new band has been making it’s way around the blogosphere, called Booji Boy High. Although little is known for sure about BBH, it’s suspected (and likely) that they are essentially the guys of Hot Chip with a different name, and a more challenging style. And in this case, more challenging means “even better”. So far, they’ve only released a 7″, but you can stream both songs from the DFA myspace.
So why exactly would Hot Chip pull this kind of stunt? Who knows. Maybe for publicity, or maybe just to create music without people having expectations before hearing it. Either way, those are some damn good tunes.
Hot Chip has just released a new video, of Arrest Yourself, from last years The Warning. Frankly, I’m surprised that they chose this song, of all their choices. I expected No Fit State to be their next single. Nonetheless, the video is pure Hot Chip. Enjoy
The video itself is very smart and creative, and fits the song brilliantly. Unfortunately, the song itself isn’t as good as the video.