Hot Chip Live at Brooklyn Steel Hot Chip Live at Brooklyn Steel

Hot Chip Live at Brooklyn Steel

music
events

Where Brooklyn Steel 319 Frost Street Brooklyn, NY 11222

When Sep 03, 2019 – Sep 05, 2019
Add to Calendar

Reservations

back to list
On June 21st 2019, British group Hot Chip will release their seventh studio album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Their third album for Domino, A Bath Full of Ecstasy is the group’s definitive release, crystallising the sound they’ve become celebrated for – bridging euphoria and melancholy with colourful melodies, idiosyncratic vocalisations and pounding electronic pop rhythms. The album also sees them open up to a more adventurous and collaborative song-writing process, choosing to work with outside producers for the first time: Philippe Zdar, the French maestro who’s shaped the magic of Cassius and Phoenix, and Rodaidh McDonald, the Scot who’s collaborated with The XX, David Byrne and Sampha, among others.

The group (Owen Clarke, Al Doyle Joe Goddard, Felix Martin and Alexis Taylor) began working on A Bath Full of Ecstasy in the autumn of 2018, the bulk of it written and recorded in three, one-week long sessions. At his Motorbass studio in Paris, Zdar played the role of co-producer, mixing engineer and gentle eccentric, and built much of the sonic space that the album occupies: a focus on drums and bass, with minimal use of guitar and plenty of multi-layered, arpeggiated keyboard melodies; shaping A Bath Full of Ecstasy with the “French Touch” he’s known for. When recording in London, the analytical McDonald encouraged the group to make each song leaner, more direct. “Rodaidh was really good at getting us to think about the song-writing,” says Goddard, “especially on ‘Melody of Love.’ He was quite ruthless – ‘is this verse too long? Do we have to write something stronger? We should get to the chorus faster.’ He pushed us to be more ambitious.”

The album’s opener, “Melody of Love” began as a 12-minute instrumental track and features a sample from the gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Under the eye of McDonald, the group turned it into a bombastic explosion of Technicolor pop. A repeating sampled vocal, cut-up to the point of abstraction, follows the lyrical chorus and an uplifting synthesizer motif. This musical passage is the melody of love, the summation of the song’s workings; by working together, the group may be able to find the perfect gesture for their emotions. “Melody of Love” is about the importance of the transformative, non-verbal moment – ecstasy as personal happiness, but also of transcendence, of being outside oneself.

The sound of A Bath Full of Ecstasy has a breeziness to it that comes in large part from Zdar: “You have to put air in it!” he’d exclaim theatrically, says Doyle, “it needs more air!” His liberal use of a Grampian spring reverb unit for pleasant distortion made sure of that, along with the group’s choice of machines. They were particularly drawn to a select few: the wooden polyphonic KORG PS3200 synthesizer (“It sounds like the gates of heaven opening,” exalts Doyle), the Yamaha CS70-M and CS-80, synonymous with Stevie Wonder, and the Oberheim OB-Xa, an analogue synthesizer with a bright, celestial quality, beloved by Prince, Depeche Mode, and Detroit techno originators. Alongside these classic synthesizers and keyboards, modular synthesis plays an important role in the sound of A Bath Full of Ecstasy. After building up his own Eurorack system over the years, Martin made a corner of each studio cosy with wires and outboards, riffing off the looping melodies and physical gestures of the sessions to create gentle dopamine rushes of electronic ambience, amplifying the song structures as well as sculpting the lead and background vocals.

To better render the emotional honesty that colours much of Hot Chip’s output, the advice Taylor gives himself is to not “speak or verbalise too much through the creative process. Act instead.” That desire to act is most keenly felt on lead single “Hungry Child.” For 6 glorious minutes, Hot Chip fuse the uplifting soft pads and melodic keys of classic soulful house and the percussive swing of UK garage, full of sweet vocalisations and rhythmic snaps, to make an instant, club-ready hit. “Hungry Child” moves with a tender power that feels classically Hot Chip, its driving pace primed for full body–swings on heaving dance floors, hands raised and singing in unison.

Throughout Hot Chip’s albums, a light-touch vocal production process allowed for the nakedness of Taylor’s falsetto to become one of the group’s signatures. A Bath Full of Ecstasy, though, proves to be more experimental in this sense – delays and effects, modular wizardry and a more playful dynamic range in the mixing process take Taylor’s voice in new directions, blossoming and wilting with the flow of the music. On “Spell,” this comes to the fore: manipulating voices to be playful and free, without obfuscating the words; even harking to Prince’s gender-bending infectious lust, allowing Taylor to becoming less immediately recognisable at times. On “Bath Full of Ecstasy,” there’s a delicate display of lilting vocalisations, laid back ’70s pop-rock rhythms and gentle modular synthesis, all washed through like watercolour.

In his lyricism, too, Taylor steps out of his comfort zone on A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Though rooted in first person, autobiographical tales of romance and friendship, his storytelling here becomes more bodily, and more open to new ideas. On “Spell,” Goddard encouraged Taylor to transform his wistful tone into something more erotic and alive. On “Positive,” he chooses to sing from another person’s perspective altogether. In trying to understand how someone copes with illness and sadness, with living a lonely life on the streets, “Positive” tackles a dark subject matter while offering the protagonist a moment of respite through music: a juxtaposition between the frenetic euphoria of the sound and the melancholy of one human being, just hoping that someone, somewhere, cares.

It cycles back to what Taylor sees as the epitome of Hot Chip: “To demonstrate musically what is needed to be said; often, indeed, what is too difficult to be spoken.” Through the deep bond that the group have cultivated, expanding on their sonic experimentation and lyrical openness, A Bath Full of Ecstasy became their most dazzling album yet.

You May Also Like

Cristina Kaminis Live!

Cristina Kaminis Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 18, 2019 6:30PM - 9:00PM Add to Calendar
Bill Dobrow and Friends Live in the Roxy Bar

Bill Dobrow and Friends Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 18, 2019 8:00PM - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
DJ Radio Rahill in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Radio Rahill in Grand Bar & Lounge

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 18, 2019 08:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Evan Sherman live at The Django jazz club

Evan Sherman Big Band Live in The Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 18, 2019 10:30PM - 1:30PM Add to Calendar
Fleur Seule Live!

Fleur Seule Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 6:30PM - 9:00PM Add to Calendar
Luke Carlos OReilly live in The Django

Luke Carlos O’Reilly LIVE in The Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 10:30PM - 1:30AM Add to Calendar
Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

entertainment
food & drink
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 8:00PM - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
Dras DJ in Grand Bar & Lounge

Dras DJ in Grand Bar & Lounge

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 7:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Thursday Night in Club Room w/ Kami

Thursday Night in Club Room w/ Kami

music
events

Soho Grand, Club Room | 2nd Floor
310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 19, 2019 08:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Live Music Soho Grand

Diego Campo Trio Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 6:30PM - 9:00PM Add to Calendar
Allah-Las Live at Union Pool

Allah-Las Live at Union Pool

music
events

Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211

WHEN Ongoing until Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Easy Rider Live at Radio City Music Hall

Easy Rider Live at Radio City Music Hall

film
music
events

Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10020

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 8:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin playing Profundo Rosso at Playstation Theater

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin playing Profundo Rosso at Playstation Theater

music
events

Playstation Theater
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Jerry Seinfeld Live at the Beacon Theater

Jerry Seinfeld Live at the Beacon Theater

comedy
entertainment
events

Beacon Theater
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

WHEN Ongoing until Sep 21, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
DJ Edan in the Roxy Bar

DJ Edan in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 10:00PM - 2:00AM Add to Calendar
Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
Joy Brown LIVE in The Django

Joy Brown LIVE in The Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 10:30PM - 01:30PM Add to Calendar
DJ Niks in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Niks in Grand Bar & Lounge

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 10:00PM - 2:00AM Add to Calendar
Friday Night in Club Room w/ Tolga

Friday Night in Club Room w/ Tolga

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 10:00PM - 02:00AM Add to Calendar
Cafe Society live in the Roxy Bar

Cafe Society live in the Roxy Bar

food & drink
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 20, 2019 8:00PM - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
Saturday brunch with Trio Brazka

Saturday brunch with Trio Brazka

music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 12:00PM - 3:00PM Add to Calendar
Pond live at Warsaw

Pond live at Warsaw

music
events

Warsaw
261 Driggs Ave.
11222
Brooklyn, NY, US
718 387 0505

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Kermit Ruffins live at Sony Hall

Kermit Ruffins live at Sony Hall

music
events

Sony Hall
235 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 7:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
King Crimson ‘Celebrating 50 Years’ at Radio City Music Hall.Live at Radio City Music Hall

King Crimson ‘Celebrating 50 Years’ at Radio City Music Hall.Live at Radio City Music Hall

music
events

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue Of The Americas
10020
New York, NY, US

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Conversations with Nick Cave at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center

Conversations with Nick Cave at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center

entertainment
events

Rose Theater at Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Lana Del Rey Live at Jones Beach

Lana Del Rey Live at Jones Beach

music
events

NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER
1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, NY

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM1 - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
City Farm Presents Summer Series at Industry City: Lee "Scratch" Perry + Subatomic Sound System

City Farm Presents Summer Series at Industry City: Lee "Scratch" Perry + Subatomic Sound System

music
events

238 36th Street
Courtyard 1-2 (Food Hall Entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11232

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 7:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with The Detroit Cobras & Miranda and The Beat

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with The Detroit Cobras & Miranda and The Beat

music
events

Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 4:00AM Add to Calendar
Dras DJ in the Roxy Bar

Dras DJ in the Roxy Bar

entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 10:00PM - 02:00AM Add to Calendar
Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
The CD & Record Collectors Expo at the Watson Hotel

The CD & Record Collectors Expo at the Watson Hotel

shopping
events

The Watson Hotel
440 W 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
USA

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 9:00am - 6:00pm Add to Calendar
DJ Gabrielle Kwarteng in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Gabrielle Kwarteng in Grand Bar & Lounge

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 10:00PM - 02:00AM Add to Calendar
Best Party NYC Soho Grand Hotel

Saturday Night in Club Room w/ Caché

art & design
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 10:00PM - 04:00AM Add to Calendar
Tony Middleton Live in the Roxy Bar

Tony Middleton Live in the Roxy Bar

music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 21, 2019 8:00PM - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Sep 22, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
Cat Power live at Webster Hall

Cat Power live at Webster Hall

music
events

Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY

WHEN Sep 22, 2019 7:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Shonen Knife Live at the Knitting Factory

Shonen Knife Live at the Knitting Factory

music
events

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Ave.
11211
Brooklyn, NY, US

WHEN Sep 22, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

entertainment
food & drink
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 22, 2019 8:00PM - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
Brunch with Matthew Avedon live in the Roxy Bar

Brunch with Matthew Avedon live in the Roxy Bar

music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 22, 2019 12:00PM - 3:00PM Add to Calendar
Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

Jon Regen Solo Piano live in the Roxy Bar

entertainment
food & drink
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
B-52's / OMD / Berlin live at Summerstage

B-52's / OMD / Berlin live at Summerstage

music
events

Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
5th Ave, New York, NY 10021

WHEN Sep 24, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
La Pachamambo Live in The Django

La Pachamambo Live in The Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 24, 2019 10:00PM - 1:00AM Add to Calendar
Erica Mancini Live!

Erica Mancini Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 25, 2019 9:30PM - 12:00PM Add to Calendar
Fleur Seule Live!

Fleur Seule Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 25, 2019 6:30PM - 9:00PM Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Sep 25, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
Antigone live at the Armory Park

Antigone live at the Armory Park

entertainment
events

Thompson Arts Center
at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

WHEN Ongoing until Oct 06, 2019
Steven Feifke Big Band LIVE at the Django

Steven Feifke Big Band LIVE at the Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 25, 2019 10:30PM - 01:00AM Add to Calendar
DJ Radio Rahill in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Radio Rahill in Grand Bar & Lounge

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 25, 2019 08:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Jay Sanford Live!

Jay Sanford Live!

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 26, 2019 6:30PM - 9:00PM Add to Calendar
Brian Wilson / The Zombies Live at Beacon Theater

Brian Wilson / The Zombies Live at Beacon Theater

music
events

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
10023
New York, NY, US

WHEN Sep 26, 2019 8:00PM - 11:00pm Add to Calendar
Endea Owens and The Cookout live at The Django

Endea Owens and The Cookout

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 26, 2019 10:30PM - 1:30AM Add to Calendar
Dras DJ in Grand Bar & Lounge

Dras DJ in Grand Bar & Lounge

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 26, 2019 7:00PM - 12:00AM Add to Calendar
Patti Smith "Year of the Monkey" book release at Congregation Beth Elohim

Patti Smith "Year of the Monkey" book release at Congregation Beth Elohim

entertainment
events

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Pl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Sep 26, 2019 6:30pm - 10:00PM Add to Calendar
DJ Niks in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Niks in Grand Bar & Lounge

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 27, 2019 10:00PM - 2:00AM Add to Calendar
Best Downtown Party Soho

Friday Night in Club Room w/ Liam Berkeley

entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 27, 2019 10:00PM - 04:00AM Add to Calendar
Lucy Yeghiazaryan FT. Grant Stewart Live in The Django

Lucy Yeghiazaryan FT. Grant Stewart Live in The Django

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 27, 2019 10:30PM - 01:00AM Add to Calendar
Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

Michael Garin Solo Piano Live in the Roxy Bar

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Add to Calendar
DJ Gabrielle Kwarteng in Grand Bar & Lounge

DJ Gabrielle Kwarteng in Grand Bar & Lounge

bars & nightlife
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 28, 2019 10:00PM - 02:00AM Add to Calendar
Best Party NYC Soho Grand Hotel

Saturday Night in Club Room w/ Caché

art & design
entertainment
music
events

Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 28, 2019 10:00PM - 04:00AM Add to Calendar
Chino Pons LIVE in The Django

Chino Pons LIVE in The Django

entertainment
music
events

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

WHEN Sep 28, 2019 10:30PM - 1:30AM Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Sep 30, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Oct 12, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Oct 13, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Oct 21, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
David Cross live at Union Hall

David Cross live at Union Hall

comedy
entertainment
events

Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHEN Oct 25, 2019 9:30pm - 12:00am Add to Calendar
Angel Olsen live at Brooklyn Steel

Angel Olsen live at Brooklyn Steel

music
events

WHEN Ongoing until Nov 23, 2019 7:00PM - 12:00AM
Best Rate Promise
Soho Grand Hotel

310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

(212) 965-3000
The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

212.519.6600