Listen: Hot Chip’s cover of William Onyeabor’s “Atomic Bomb”

    Lately, Hot Chip has been churning out innovative takes on other people’s songs, culminating in remixes of Neneh Cherry’s “Out Of The Black” and Donna Summers’ “Sunset People”. Now, they’ve gone the cover song route, producing a funky take on African electronic musician William Onyeabor’s “Atomic Bomb”. Instead of relying heavily on “wah-wah” synth effects and Onyeabor’s distinctive falsetto, Hot Chip’s rendition is much more understated, with subdued vocal delivery and instrumentation. That said, it’s still a relatively faithful cover, maintaining the freewheeling jams and prominent bassline of the original. Listen in below.


    The cover appears on a tribute album for the Nigerian funk musician and synth pioneer, which David Byrne’s label Luka Bop is releasing on Record Store Day (April 19th). The 10-track effort also features covers and remixes from the Vaccines, Javelin, and the Caribou-side project Daphni, among others. All songs on the forthcoming compilation were taken from World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, a collection Luka Bop released last year.


    WHAT?! – William Onyeabor Remixed Tracklist:

    Side A
    01. Hot Chip: “Atomic Bomb” (Cover)”
    02. The Vaccines: “Do You Want A Man” (John Hill, Rich Costey Remix)

    Side B
    03. Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette: “Body and Soul” [Whatever/Whatever Remix]
    04. Joakim: “Good Name” (Cover) [ft. Akwetey]

    Side C
    05. JD Twitch (Optimo): “Why Go To War?” (Cover)
    06. Daphni: “Ye Ye” (Remix)
    07. Javelin: “Heaven and Hell” (Remix)


    Side D
    08. David Terranova: “Body and Soul” (Remix)
    09. Policy: “Something You Will Never Forget” (Remix)
    10. Scientist: “Body and Soul” (Remix)