New Hot Chip – “Transmission” (Joy Division Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier today we heard Lily Allen and Mick Jones’ take on “Straight To Hell” from Warchild’s Heroes compilation. Hot Chip’s reinvention of Joy Division’s “Transmission” appears on that same collection. When they (and Peter Gabriel) covered Vampire Weekend they gave “Kwassa Kwassa” a more electronic bent and truly meta angle, but were faithful to the spirit (and “vibe”) of the song. Here, they go a step further intermingling a ghostly voice and droning synths with sparkling guitars noodles, steel drums, and Alexis Taylor, transforming Ian Curtis & Co’s claustrophobic and icy but danceable isolation into something a little sunnier while maintaining a somber and, yes, danceable feel. The result? More than a novelty.

Not to sound like a skipping 12″, but Heroes is out in the UK via Parlophone on 2/16 and in the US via EMI on 2/24. Canada sees it released on 3/3. More info here.

[Photo by Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle]