In the last week, our dear electronic friends in Hot Chip have released a couple of surprising collaborations with music heroes of the past: a cover of their own “Made in the Dark” with avant-pop wizard Robert Wyatt (literally, that dude is Gandalf on the mic) and a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” with proto-Tunde Adebimpe/best Genesis-ian Peter Gabriel. The Robert Wyatt collab is from a new EP the group is releasing for the holiday season (see their website for details), and the Gabriel thing is an unreleased potential b-side from the “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” single this year which made its way onto an XL Recordings sampler according to Abeano. Both are so excellent, so warm and wisened, that we’ve decided to change the magazine’s mission from emerging artists to artists with emerging old man ears and gray hair. Despite their excellence, though, Peter Gabriel singing It feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel, too doesn’t make any more sense than Ezra Koenig singing it.
Hot Chip f. Peter Gabriel, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”