LISTEN: New Order & Hot Chip Collabo!

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L to R: Alexis Taylor, Bernard Sumner, Joe Goddard, Hot City
WRITTEN BY
William Goodman

New Order and Joy Division mastermind Bernard Sumner has influenced scores of musicians over the past three decades, including Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard of London electro-pop outfit Hot Chip. And now mentor and protégés have teamed up to record a new song, called "Didn't Know What Love Was." Listen below!

The three Brits hit the studio earlier this year along with London DJ/production duo Hot City to record the new tune, as part of Converse's Connectivity campaign, which celebrates the British music scene. Goddard tells SPIN.com that it was a treat to work with his longtime inspiration.

"New Order are amazing.I know it'd get you lynched in certain places, but I prefer them to Joy Division," he says. "For one man to have created both bands is a quite monumental achievement."

Ever the jokester, Goddard quipped: "So working with him was bound to be a disappointment!"

It certain wasn't. The song -- available to download now via Converse UK's website -- combines the funky, fun style of Hot Chip (see the lighthearted piano, upbeat dance beats, and talk-sung verses from Taylor) with the moodier new wave sounds of New Order (the icy synths and Sumner's lovelorn lyrics). "When I met you, I didn't know what love was," Sumner croons. Hot City -- who recently contributed to a new Hot Chip remix album -- bring a dance floor-ready production sheen to the track.

"We each brought a different element and the result is a unique collaboration that is refreshing and one which I love," Sumner adds in a statement. Indeed.

Listen to "Didn't Know What Love Was" below, then tell us what you think in the comment section.

LISTEN: New Order & Hot Chip, "Didn't Know What Love Was"

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