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Holy Fuck share new single “Luxe” ft. Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor

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Alexis Taylor with Holy Fuck at Brooklyn Steel (more by P Squared)

If you’re caught Holy Fuck opening for Hot Chip on their current tour you may have already heard “Luxe,” which HC’s Alexis Taylor comes out to sing with the band. The studio version was just released and the song has a pretty interesting backstory, that even somewhat involves Jack White. From the band:

“Among more literal translations, ‘Luxe’ is the short form of Luxembourg – the city in which the nexus of the song was created. On this particular night, during soundcheck, we had a pulsing minimal synth loop we’d been tinkering around with. (We were listening to lots of TRAX Records stuff on that tour.) We decided that if the crowd demanded an encore we’d go for it. ‘Luxe’ was the result. Or – as it was then called on the live recorded MP3 – ‘Luxembourg Encore’. Once home from tour we took all the live demos back to the drawing board. We shared everything with our friend Kieran Hedben aka Four Tet. His always-intuitive advice was that he heard a great club track in his “very favorite thing here”: Luxembourg Encore”.

The next moment of discovery came when Graham suggested the band scrap Brian’s vocals and give it to Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. When we presented Alexis with the concept our reference notes to him, based around Brian’s temporary vocals, were ‘like an old sample you’d dig up off an old folk record… and approached more like a classic house track’. He responded, ‘We could try to record the vocal in a Voice O Graph booth (an obsolete 1940s coin operated phonograph booth) if we can access one…’. As far as we’re aware, there are only two in the world – one in Liverpool (that apparently doesn’t work anymore) and the other at Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville. And that is where Alexis sang ‘I’d like to scrap all of this and start over again.’ Fittingly, it was New Year’s Eve.”

You can listen to “Luxe” below.

Holy Fuck’s tour with Hot Chip hits Chicago tonight (9/13) and heads west, and then HF heads to Europe. All dates are listed below.

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13th Sep – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre w/ Hot Chip
14th Sep – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Hot Chip
17th Sep – Vancouver, Canada @ Vogue Theatre w/ Hot Chip
18th Sep – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/ Hot Chip
19th Sep – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/Hot Chip
20th Sep – Portland, PR @ Roseland Theatre w/ Hot Chip
24th Sep- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst w/ Hot Chip
25th Sep – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre w/ Hot Chip
27th Sep – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall w/ Hot Chip
19th Oct – Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
20th Oct – Berlin, Germany @ Maschinehaus
21st Oct – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
22nd Oct – Paris, France @ Espace
23rd Oct – London, UK @ Moth Club
24th Oct – Manchester, UK @ YES

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