Listen: Hot Chip covers Arthur Russell’s “Go Bang”


Since 1989, Red Hot Organization has been raising AIDS awareness through pop culture, issuing star-studded music compilations like 2009’s Dark Was The Night. On October 21st, the not-for-profit will release its latest charity compilation, a tribute to the late singer/songwriter Arthur Russell, who died from AIDS complications in 1992. Entitled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, the 26-track offering continues Red Hot’s streak of enlisting marquee names as contributors.

This go around, the tracklist includes Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Devendra Banhart, Jose Gonzalez, Cults, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Colin Stetson, Sam Amidon, Lonnie Holley, The Autumn Defense, Rubblebucket, and many more.

Already we’ve heard Stevens’ heartbreaking rendition of “A Little Lost”. Now, for their contribution, Hot Chip dive deep into Russell’s back catalog, returning with a cover of “Go Bang”. Released in 1982, the track is attributed to Russell’s Dinosaur L project, whose sole album, 1982’s 24-24 Music, is often described as “Buddhist bubblegum music.” Fitting with that rather cheery description, Hot Chip’s version is 11 uncut minutes of straight-up disco, a doubly funky medley of dense bass grooves, angelic backing harmonies, lasery synths, and rhythms that would make even the Bee Gees swoon. You’ll probably need your polyester suits for this number, folks.

Listen in below (via Noisey):

Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell is due out October 26th via Yep Roc. Pre-orders are now ongoing.

Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell Tracklist:
01. Jose Gonzalez – “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”
02. Lonnie Holley – “Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)”
03. Robyn – “Tell You”
04. Hot Chip – “Go Bang”
05. Sufjan Stevens – “A Little Lost”
06. Lonnie Holley – “In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)”
07. Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – “Keeping Up”
08. Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo – “This Love Is Crying”
09. Rubblebucket & Nitemoves – “Eli”
10. The Revival Hour – “Hiding Your Present from You”
11. Sam Amidon – “Lucky Cloud”
12. Devendra Banhart – “Losing My Taste For The Night Life”
13. Phosphorescent – “You Can Make Me Feel Bad”
14. Blood Orange – “Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning”
15. Scissor Sisters – “That’s Us/Wild Combination”
16. VEGA INTL. – “Arm Around You”
17. Oh Mercy – “Planted A Thought”
18. Lonnie Holley – “Hop On Down (Interlude)”
19. Cults – “Being It”
20. Richard Reed Parry – “Just A Blip”
21. Glen Hansard – “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face”
22. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart”
23. The Autumn Defense – “Oh Fernanda Why”
24. Alexis Taylor – “Our Last Night Together”
25. Lonnie Holley – “The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)”
26. Redding Hunter – “Close My Eyes”