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Hot Chip have been one of the most exciting and creative formations on the British music scene for many years. Their breathtaking mix of hot-blooded indie sound and driving electronics helped the genre 'Indietronic', which they co-founded, to gain international attention.

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The eighth album "Freakout/Release" of the British electronic pop legends is another highlight of their decade-long career, in which Hot Chip have always innovatively developed the individual sonorous song art of their pop and dance music. In recent years, Hot Chip has caught up with British luminaries such as the Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode.

Freakout/Release was written and recorded at the band's new studio, Relax & Enjoy in East London, a creative space Al Doyle established before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It was a space I built with the goal of making hot chip records," he explains. "As a group of people, we're pretty impatient - it's not always fun when you're in the studio and it takes time to set something up before you can execute an idea. Everything is on all the time, and it's very easy to capture what we're doing.

Working together in the studio was important in establishing Freakout/Release's vibrant, full band sound. It was the first time the band was able to be in the same room together after the tour for A Bath Full of Ecstasy in 2019, which ended just before the outbreak of the pandemic. Fittingly, the band was eager to bring Hot Chip's inimitable live energy to a studio setting, feeling particularly inspired by their cover of "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, which has, after all, become a staple of their setlist.

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