Photo by Matilda Hill Jenkins

Hot Chip have released details of the eighth album Freakout/Release, due for release on August 19th via Domino. They’ve also shared the first cut from the record, Down.

Freakout/Release was written and recorded in the band’s newly minted Relax & Enjoy studio in East London, a creative space that Al Doyle put together before and during the first year of the pandemic.

“By the time we were able to be back together, we were turning on a tap and having a lot of ideas being poured out quite quickly,” says the band’s Alexis Taylor. Joe Goddard, meanwhile, describes the creative plan of attack as creating “in a natural way, without too much discussion or a grand plan.”   

Lyrically, Freakout/Release explores darker emotions than previous Hot Chip albums have, drawing from the personal and the political to chart the ways people survive even amidst immovable struggles. 

“We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways,” Goddard explains. “There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks.” 



1.     Down  

2.     Eleanor  

3.     Freakout/Release  

4.     Broken  

5.     Not Alone  

6.     Hard To Be Funky feat. Lou Hayter  

7.     Time  

8.     Miss The Bliss  

9.     The Evil That Men Do feat. Cadence Weapon  

10.  Guilty  

11.  Out Of My Depth  


Upcoming live dates 

19th April – The Warfield, San Francisco  

22nd April – Humphrey’s Concerts, San Diego  

23rd April – Coachella, Indio  

24th April – The Van Buren, Phoenix  

26th April – Mission Ballroom, Denver  

27th April – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque  

29th April – House of Blues, Dallas  

30th April – Stubb’s Waller Amphitheater, Austin  

2nd May – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville  

3rd May – Tabernacle, Atlanta  

5th May – The Orange Peel, Asheville  

7th May – Pulso GNP Festival, Mexico City  

9th May – House of Blues, Boston  

10th May – Avant Gardner, Brooklyn  

11th May – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia  

13th May – Stage AE, Pittsburgh  

14th May – Radius, Chicago  

3rd June – Junction 1 Summer Series, Glasgow 

5th June – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin  

8th July – Cruilla Barcelona  

15th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon  

16th July – Beat Herder, Clitheroe 

6th August – Wide Skies & Butterflies, Norfolk 

2nd September – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga  

21st September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

22nd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

23rd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

24th September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

1st October – Tempodrom, Berlin  

2nd October – Live Music Hall, Cologne  

3rd October – AB Ballroom, Brussels  

5th October – Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht  

8th October – Olympia, Paris  

Pre-sale tickets from 21st April @ 9am local, general tickets on sale 22nd April @ 9am local  

For pre-sale access to the UK tour, you can pre-order the album.