I recently featured a classic compilation of William Onyeabor's songs released by Luaka Bop on this blog. Now, as a special record store day release (not just some reissue), Hot Chip have covered Onyeabor's Atomic Bomb for an album of covers and remixes entitled What!? - William Onyeabor Remixed.
The combination of Onyeabor's afro-electro-synth-funk and Hot Chip's off-beat disco-pop is as positively awesome as you might expect. The track premiered on Lauren Laverne's 6 Music show earlier this week, where she quipped that Atomic Bomb feels like it was written for Alexis Taylor to sing. I couldn't agree more!
An all-star cast of musicians including Damon Albarn, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and Ghostpoet join Taylor in performing Onyeabor's music live for the first time next month. Just two dates have been announced at London's Barbican Centre (April 1st) and Bristol's Colston Hall (April 2nd). Tickets to Bristol can be found here and London here. You would be mad to miss out - listen below!