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.
"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