I saw Chairlift live a few weeks ago, and since have been a little obsessed. Sampha takes the Nickelodeon levels of hysteria in “Sidewalk Safari down a notch. He noodles singer Caroline Polachek’s vocals, taking them up and way down. It sounds as if she’s dehydrated and seeing mirages, trying to keep her eyes open as she walks across the desert. Still, it’s fun to hear Polachek’s voice interact with its high and low counterparts, a sort of devil on one shoulder, angel on the other moment. Lucky Caroline, caught in the middle. Chairlift tour England this week. Maybe Sampha will turn up? Dates below.
Stream: Chairlift, “Sidewalk Safari” (Sampha Remix)
Chairlift UK shows:
Tuesday 11/1: London, Boiler Room at Corsica Studios, broadcast live worldwide at 20:00 GMT, with Jamie Jones, John Talabot, Doldrums and Tasker
Wednesday 11/2: Manchester, Sound Wave, with Trailer Trash Tracys and Boxed In
Thursday 11/3: London, Electrowerkz, with Gwilym Gold + DJs Romy xx and Ice Coulson