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Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor on William Onyeabor: 'His music never felt cold, it was exuberant' | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor on William Onyeabor: 'His music never felt cold, it was exuberant'

The Hot Chip singer, who performed the late Onyeabor’s music with the Atomic Bomb! band, recalls the musician’s mystery, charisma and unflinchingly future-facing work

The first William Onyeabor track I ever heard was Good Name. It was 2011, and I only had a very low quality MP3, but the production of the music and the vocal delivery were so raw and exciting and felt so ahead of their time. I kept playing it in DJ sets, alongside modern house and disco records, and people would always ask what it was and get very excited.

After this, it felt as if a lot of things were colliding: I found two rare original copies of his albums in Rush Hour in Amsterdam; Dan Snaith as Daphni had sampled him and I knew my friend Kieran Hebden was a big fan. That was when Luaka Bop started the reissues and they got Hot Chip involved to cover the track Atomic Bomb, as well as inviting us to perform the Atomic Bomb! Band live shows with the likes of Ahmed Gallab of Sinkane, Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys, Lekan Babalola and Jas Walton, as well as David Byrne, Damon Albarn, the Lijadu Sisters and other artists depending on the location.

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by Alexis Taylor via Electronic music | The Guardian