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Holy Fuck team up with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor on first new song in two years "Luxe"

13 September 2019, 10:09 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Holy Fuck have recruited Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor for their first new offering in two years, "Luxe".

"Luxe" is Holy Fuck's first new offering since their 2017 EP Bird Brains.

After recording the demo, Holy Fuck sent the track to their friend and casual mentor Kieran Hebden - aka Four Tet.

The band have also issued a statement to go alongside the new single: "Among more literal translations, "Luxe" is the short form of Luxembourg - the city in which the nexus of the song was created. During our European tour supporting our Bird Brains EP, we discussed how the band had drifted away from doing more experimentation on stage, how we missed creating something new, from scratch, in front of an audience. On this particular night during soundcheck we had a pulsing minimal synth loop we'd been tinkering around with (we were listening to lots of TRAX Records stuff on that tour). We decided if we got an encore we'd go for it. "Luxe" was the result, or at least the MP3 we had recorded at the sound board, then called "Luxembourg Encore", was the result."

They add, "Once home from tour we took the demo back to the drawing board and made a proper song from its initial form and idea. However, before we got that far, somewhere around checking out of the first studio, while still referencing our ever growing folder of sound check ideas, we shared everything with our friend Kieran Hedben aka Four Tet. His always-intuitive advice was to 'push away' from some of the 'very indie rock sounds' and that his 'favourite thing here is Luxembourg Encore... There are so many cool moments... It could be a good club track.' The next moment of discovery came when Graham suggested the band scrap Brian's vocals and to give it to Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. When we presented Alexis with the concept, our reference notes to him, based around Brian's temporary vocals, were 'like an old sample you'd dig up off an old folk record... and approached more like a classic house track’. He responded 'we could try to record the vocal in a Voice O Graph booth (an obsolete 1940s coin operated phonograph booth) if we can access one...'. As far as we're aware, there are only 2 in the world - one in Liverpool (that apparently doesn't work anymore) and the other in Third Man studio in Nashville, where he sang 'I'd like to scrap all of this and start over again.' Fittingly it was New Year's Eve. Thankfully all these steps never veered from the original path set out on stage in Luxembourg. Everyone's commitment to the song, everyone's input, proved the importance of a collaborative process and reinforced the notion that good things come from daring experimentation."

"Luxe" is out now. Holy Fuck will play London's Moth Club on 23 October. Find out more.
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