There was a time when Hot Chip consisted merely of a few British disco geeks with a dream. The band has since mutated into a many-tentacled thing with ties to the LCD Soundsystem family and offshoot projects of its own. To wit: New Build, the electro-pop act founded by Chip men Felix Martin and Al Doyle (an LCD grad as well) with an assist from electronic composer Tom Hopkins. After operating under the radar for a couple of years, the trio dropped their debut album in 2012, Yesterday Was Lived & Lost, on their own Lanark Recordings, and are currently at work on the follow-up, reportedly in a studio hidden deep within the recesses of an East London factory building. Above you'll find new song, "False Thing," which cuts Ellen Allien's brand of dark techno with a post-punk pulse and Kraut-like bass runs. Little blurts of synthetic sound follow the guy-girl duet at the center of the song, which ramps up the groove around the 3:00 mark in a hail of live percussion and increasingly angry keyboard sounds. As for the video, it's offers a Rorschach-like ride through mirror images, blown-out color palettes and strange shadows.
New Build tour dates:
April 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
April 28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
April 30 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 1 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos