Hot Chip announce new album, share “Down”

The U.K. group’s 8th album Freakout/Release is out this summer.

April 19, 2022
Hot Chip announce new album, share “Down” Matilda Hill-Jenkins

Hot Chip have confirmed details of a new album and shared the first single. Freakout/Release is the group's eighth studio effort and is accompanied by "Down," which can be streamed below. The song features a sample of Universal Togetherness Band’s “More Than Enough” and comes with a video directed by Douglas Hart and Steve Mackey.


Freakout/Release is due August 19 and was written and recorded in the band’s Relax & Enjoy studio in East London. It is the follow-up to 2019’s A Bath Full Of Ecstasy. Guests on the album include Cadence Weapon (on "The Evil That Men Do") and Lou Hayter, who sings on "Hard to Be Funky." Soulwax, meanwhile, co-produced the album title track.

A press release notes that the band's cover of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," a regular in their live sets, acted as an unlikely influence on the direction of the album. "The idea of being out of control is always there in dance music, in a positive sense," Al Doyle says in a statement. Joe Goddard, meanwhile, adds: "We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways. There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks."


News of the upcoming album arrives as Hot Chip tour North America, see dates below alongside the album tracklist.

Freakout/Release :

"Not Alone"
"Hard To Be Funky" feat. Lou Hayter
"Miss The Bliss"
"The Evil That Men Do" feat. Cadence Weapon
"Out Of My Depth"


Hot Chip live:

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

Hot Chip announce new album, share “Down”