8th Annual Funk On The Rocks CHROMEO + HOT CHIP

Article Contributed by AEG Presents | Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

With a love of talkboxes, vintage drum machines, and gleamingly plastic synth tones, Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo looked to the deepest echelon of '80s funk and radio R&B to develop their sound. While wearing the influence of Zapp, Prince, and even Hall & Oates on their sleeve, the pair's style would grow more refined as the years went on, with production getting more detailed as their songwriting became more nuanced. Their homage to the greats of the dancefloor and their unbridled worship of pop found its summit on their star-studded, breakout fourth album, 2014's White Women. Another full-length, Head Over Heels, appeared in 2018 followed by an EP and their first live album, 2022's Date Night: Chromeo Live!.

Freakout/Release is the continuation of what, at this point, seems like an impossible run for Hot Chip. The British electronic pop legends’ eighth album is another dizzying peak in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. And while they continue to operate at peak form, Freakout/Release also feels like a new chapter for the group—a collection of flesh-and-blood songs that finds the band reaching into the darkness to emerge as a true creative unit, their gazes fixed positively on the future ahead.

Over the last 18 years, Hot Chip have established themselves among similar British luminaries like Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode—a true gap-bridging between the worlds of pop and dance music, with a catalog of songs that move bodies and touch hearts with equal impact. Along with a multiple-night residency planned at the prestigious Brixton Academy this fall, the eleven songs on Freakout/Release are evidence that the band’s not even close to slowing down—even as it’s clear that the weight of the world has seeped into these tunes’ nooks and crannies.


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