Hot Chip has opened up about the death of pioneer producer Philippe Zdar in a new interview.
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Talk to NME, the group talked about Zdar – half of the pioneers of the French Cassius touch – after his fatal fall from a Parisian roof in 2019 during an accidental fall.
Zdar worked with Hot Chip on much of their latest record, “A Bath Full of Ecstasy.” Reminiscing about their collaboration with Zdar, Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor said, “I just remember Philippe’s love for music. When we worked in an earlier part of making this album, it was very clinical. We were sitting in studios listening to what we had already done and judging what to take away and what to leave. We weren’t really playing and having fun in the studio. But Philippe brought this very particular vivacity to it.
“He was good at making us feel like a group and unified and that everyone’s idea and work was valid. Philippe stood there while we played parts on the keyboard and clapped and danced – he had so much enthusiasm. It’s really tragic what happened to him, and it’s really cruel that someone who was so full of life is no longer here.
To mark the release of the band’s upcoming new album, ‘Freakout/Release’, Hot Chip are due to perform a series of UK and European shows between August 18 and October 8. The pass includes billing for four nights at the O2 Academy Brixton. in London.
The FREAKOUT/RELEASE UK/EU Autumn Tour is on sale now, including 4 nights at the O2 Academy Brixton. PLUS the last tickets for the current American Spring dates are available and selling out fast!
– Hot Chip (@Hot_Chip) April 22, 2022
‘Freakout/Release’ was written and recorded at the five-piece band’s Relax & Enjoy studio in east London, and was particularly inspired by their regular live cover of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’.
“The idea of being out of control is always present in dance music, in a positive sense,” Hot Chip’s Al Doyle said in a press release. Taylor added, “By the time we were able to get back together, we were turning on a tap and had a lot of ideas pouring in pretty quickly.”
As for the album’s lyrical themes, Joe Goddard added, “We were going through a time when it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways. There is a darkness that runs through many of these tracks.