New stuff from old favourites

We’ve featured these two acts a couple of times of late, but they’re both back once again with the renegade master, which is nice. First up are Hot Chip who recently gave us this and have now come back with this, their first single from their new album of the same name:

Apologies for the static, it’s what Parlophone have determined appropriate for the visuals before the video is finished (they started filming it today, fact fans). It’s a rather wonderful single, no? It’s got all your favourite Hot Chip elements without being an obvious rip off of former glories. Plus, the sentiment is typically sweet, taking the idea of a one night stand and turning it into something that lasts a whole lifetime…oh God.

Next up, it’s Marina & The Diamonds who’s only just released this as a kind of ‘buzz’ single, so is now back with what will be her first single proper. We’re guessing this will come out at some point in January, perhaps just before the BRITS, where perhaps she might, possibly, who knows, win an award? Either way, it will be around the time of all those lovely lists proclaiming her and her ilk as the resurrection or something. This is ‘Hollywood’, which comes with it’s very own video:

As with most of Marina’s songs this takes a little while to sink in. It might be the jauntiness, or the faint whiff of Mika in the music and Paloma Faith in the ‘wackiness’. But we tend to think that Marina is better than that, and the bit where she puts on an American accent and says, “Oh my God you look just like Shakira, no no you’re Catherine Zeta, actually my name’s Marina”, proves it.

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