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Hot Chip’s single “Need You Now” is a fever dream of regrets

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Somehow, Hot Chip has reached new levels of soulfulness with the second single “Need You Now” off “Why Make Sense?”

The video for “Need You Now” begins with a breakup and lead vocalist Alexis Taylor grieving over the lost relationship. He’s then seen futiley chasing his own self and his dark shadows to figure out where it all went wrong, in a sort of Twilight Zone for star-crossed lovers.

Interspersed throughout the man’s emotional struggles and drab, barren landscape are just a few bright colors– the bright blue trench coat, the dirty, rusty-red rain jacket, and a dazzling female vocalist singing “I need you now!” on an endless loop. It’s worth a look because after dozens of views, it’s still unclear what it really means.

“Why Make Sense” is due May 18 on Domino.

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Big Data releases “2.0” today, launches tour Tuesday in NYC

Big Data's "2.0" is out now on Warner Bros.

Big Data’s “2.0” is out now on Warner Bros.

Electropop group Big Data today released their full-length debut album, “2.0,” on which acts like Joywave, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Kimbra, Twin Shadow and Jamie Lidell have all played a part. Only the song “Big Dater” lacks a special guest.

Joywave collaborated with Big Data on the August hit “Dangerous”— which is basically unstoppable due to its dropping bass line and danceable hook.

Big Data spoke with Wired recently about the new album. According to a press release, Big Data’s Alan Wilkis had this to say about “2.0”:

“With each song on 2.0, I set out to explore a specific issue or moment in technology, and lyrically they are often voiced from the perspective of the ‘bad guy’ in the narrative. I had the immense privilege of collaborating with a host of incredible vocalists on 2.0, and at the end of the day I just hope these songs make you smile, dance, and think a bit.”

Big Data also launches a national headline tour Tuesday at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. More dates below:

03/24  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY*

03/25  The Sinclair – Boston, MA*

03/26  Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA*

03/27  Black Cat – Washington, DC*

03/28  The LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH

03/30  Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL*

03/31   Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN*

04/01  Rave Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI*

04/02  The Shelter – Detroit, MI w/ ON AN ON

04/03  Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH*

04/04 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA*

04/06 Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY*

04/07  Showplace Buffalo – Buffalo, NY*

04/17  Sweetwater 420 Fest – Atlanta, GA

04/19  Urban Lounge -Salt Lake City, UT^

04/21  Knitting Factory -Boise, ID^

04/22  Hawthorne Theatre -Portland, OR^

04/23  The Crocodile – Seattle, WA^

04/24  Venue – Victoria, BC^

04/25  VENUE Nightclub – Vancouver, BC^

04/27  Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA^

04/28  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV^

04/29  Harlows – Sacramento, CA^

04/30  Troubadour -Los Angeles, CA^

05/03  DC101 Kerfuffle – Washington, DC

05/08  Big Guava Fest – Tampa, FL

05/09  Untapped Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX

*w/ ON AN ON & CHAPPO

^w/ The Moth & The Flame

2.0 Track listing:
1) The Business of Emotion (feat. White Sea)
2) Dangerous (feat. Joywave)
3) Clean (feat. Jamie Lidell)
4) The Glow (feat. Kimbra)
5) Snowed In (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
6) Big Dater
7) Automatic (feat. Jenn Wasner)
8) Get Some Freedom (feat. Dragonette)
9) Sick For Me (feat. Bear Hands)
10) Perfect Holiday (feat. Twin Shadow)

Big Data has also just wrapped up his time at SXSW.

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