Hot Chip cover Joy Division and Vampire Weekend

Electro band team up with Peter Gabriel and War Child

Hot Chip have recorded a cover of Joy Division‘s 1979 single ‘Transmission’, at the request of the former members of New Order.

The south-west London group have also teamed up with Peter Gabriel to rework Vampire Weekend‘s ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’, which mentions Peter Gabriel in its lyrics.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, frontman Alexis Taylor shed light on the Joy Division cover, which they are recording for the next War Child album, saying: “It is totally different from Joy Division‘s original version.


“It is much more Caribbean-sounding because it features steel pans as the lead instrument.”

Taylor also revealed that the band have a number of songs ready for their next album, the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Made In The Dark’, including ‘Alley Cats’ and ‘Thieves In The Night’.

“The songs are more mid-tempo and disco influenced at the moment,” he explained. “‘Made In The Dark’ was all over the place mood-wise and quite aggressive at times. But things are a bit calmer this time.”