With four revered albums to their credit, British electro-pop collective Hot Chip have become sought-after remixers for everyone from Gorillaz to Amy Winehouse and Bright Eyes. But We Have Remixes (out Sept. 7) collects five fresh mixes of the group’s own material, all culled from this year’s One Life Stand — get a taste below via an exclusive stream of “We Have Love,” as reworked by London DJ/production duo Hot City.
The mix strips back singer Alexis Taylor’s vocals almost completely, and draws out the original track’s icy synth grooves into a minimalist throb.
“It’s just a fun electro remix, a really creative way of using a lot of the original elements, but it’s still quite different,” Hot Chip keyboardist/programmer Felix Martin tells SPIN.com. “It’s nice when someone’s obviously taken a lot of care with how they do the mix.”
And as with many remixes of Hot Chip songs, Martin says, the Hot City mix was executed by friends of the band: Keyboardist/vocalist Joe Goddard has booked pals Hot City (who recently signed to respected U.K. indie label Moshi Moshi) to spin at his Greco-Roman Soundsystem parties in London.
“We felt confident and happy with the mixes that came back from this album, which we basically commissioned ourselves,” says Martin of the EP. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the record label — it’s more like collaborations with friends.”
The EP arrives as Hot Chip prepares to embark on a U.S. tour with LCD Soundsystem in October, but Martin says he’s got something else on the back burner for next year: Lanark, his side-project with Hot Chip bandmate Al Doyle.
Describing it as “a pop album with a singer,” Martin says he hopes to have the Lanark album out sometime in 2011, or whenever Hot Chip’s busy schedule allows for it. “We go through periods where we’re really productive and write a lot of material,” he says, “but we want to give the album time to come together properly.”
Check out Hot City’s Hot Chip remix here, and tell us what you think in the comments section.
LISTEN: Hot Chip, “We Have Love (Hot City Remix)”