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Hot Chip announce new album with lead single "Down"

19 April 2022, 11:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Hot Chip are back with news of their eighth album Freakout/Release, and have shared new single "Down" as the lead outing from the record.

"Down" is the opening song from Hot Chip's new album, and was built around a looping sample of Universal Togetherness Band’s "More Than Enough". The new song is also accompanied by a video directed by Douglas Hart and Steve Mackey.

Freakout/Release will follow Hot Chip's 2019 album A Bath Full of Ecstasy, and was written and recorded at the band's Relax & Enjoy studio in east London. The album will also feature contributions from Cadence Weapon, Lou Hayter and Soulwax.

Alexis Taylor said of the recording process, "By the time we were able to be back together, we were turning on a tap and having a lot of ideas being poured out quite quickly."

Joe Goddard added that the album was created "In a natural way, without too much discussion or a grand plan."

Goddard also said, "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."


  1. Down
  2. Eleanor
  3. Freakout/Release
  4. Broken
  5. Not Alone
  6. Hard To Be Funky (feat. Lou Hayter)
  7. Time
  8. Miss The Bliss
  9. The Evil That Men Do (feat. Cadence Weapon)
  10. Guilty
  11. Out Of My Depth
"Down" is out now. Hot Chip's Freakout/Release album will arrive via Domino on 19 August, and is available to pre-order now. They'll play London's O2 Academy Brixton for four nights from 21-24 September. Tickets go on general sale this Friday (22 April) from 9am BST. Visit for more information.
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