Chew Lips reMixed by Big C

Chew Lips

Sound your air horns! It’s a premiere! On his continuing quest to infect all our brains with his infectious, chilled out, Italo/Dub mix London based producer Big C has taken Chew Lips’ fantastic new single, Hurricane, and give it both a retro ElectroPop workout and an island swing. At the same time. It’s like a musical threeway!

Hurricane is the biggest, Popiest track we’ve heard from the newest Chew Lips album so far, and a highlight of their new live set, but in Big C’s hands it becomes an atmospheric groover that really draws out the sultry drawl in Tigs vocal. Haunting Rootsy piano plays nicely against the Euro-dancefloor arpeggios with an almost Morricone feel at times. It’s a mysterious, Caribbean vibe that shouldn’t go into retro Robot music at all, let alone Chew Lip’s eclectic ElectroPop, but Big C manages to combine all three elements with an effortless cool and seamless production. Basically, it’s like a Frenchman in a futuristic black and red leather suit sipping rum on a beach in Jamaica. Or a dreadlocked warrior living it up off the shores of Orion. Italo Dub should be everyone’s new favourite genre.

♫ Chew Lips – Hurricane (Big C remix)

Chew Lips’ new single Hurricane is out now.

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Chew Lips reMixed by XXXY

Chew Lips

In the build up to the release of their awesome new single, Hurricane,  Chew Lips (feels weird writing it like that) have release yet another shiny reMix of the track. This time stepping up to the reMix plate id London House guru XXXY. Time to get bassy.

XXXY’s reMix is totally Chicago House fun, and strikingly Chew Lips track, particularly Tigs’ vocals fit that perfectly. It’s all deep square wave basses, ‘90’s House piano, there might even be a little accordion in there, and while this hypnotic groove might seem antithetical to Chew Lips’ chaotic liveness, it actually all works so smoothly. We always knew what a classic, powerful voice Tigs’ had, but with a ‘90’s House backing, her voice seems to go into full-on diva mode.

♫ Chew Lips – Hurricane  (XXXY reMix)

Chew Lips’ new single Hurricane is released 3rd September.

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An interview with CHEW LiPS

Chew Lips

The cream always rises to the top.  In the 2008/2009 surge of ElectroPop acts surprisingly few actually ‘made it’, fewer still are still kicking around for the second album. From the moment we first heard London duo (then three peice) CHEW LiPS’ début record, Salt Air, it was obvious they were going to be big, and they were going to be around for a while.

Immediately snapped up by the hippest of hip label (at the time) Kitsuné Music for their first two singles set a precedent for mixing Indie sensibilities with grungy ElectroPop and infectious melodies that had been oft copied since. But their string  of catchy singles and reputation for an intimate, energetic live show has always seen them ahead of the pack.

2010 saw the release of the début full length record, Unicorn. An instant hit, loaded with track that resonated with both Indie fans and Electro heads alike. The perfect example of how you can still do something unique with ElectroPop. Damn good songs too. Now, just in time, with memories of ‘10’s summer fading from people memories, CHEW LiPS are retuning. We’ve heard two single from the album so far, and a handful of tracks live, and with each new track we grow more excited for the album release.

Hot on the heels of this weeks première of the video for their amazing new single Hurricane, CHEW LiPS took some time to chat with us about their past, present and future:

ER: I have to get this out the way first. We’ve been writing about you guys since Kitsuné Music released ‘Solo’, and despite things relaxing in the font department I belligerently refuse to stop writing Chew Lips as CHEW LiPS. Doing it right or doing it wrong?

CL: Relax, the upper case / lower case thing feels a bit Nu-Rave nowadays…

(OK then, from now on we won’t…)

ER:. So how did the Chew Lips adventure begin? As a listener I always get the feeling that you all came from wildly different places and this Indie tinged grungy ElectroPop sound was something that was just spawned when you came together.

CL: That’s pretty much what happened. None of us we’re really into anything vaguely “dancey” at all, we were definitely from more of an indie background. Also, as we were a three piece then we couldn’t really make enough noise without using drum machines & synths, so we kind of slipped into this style. I think that’s where some of our early originality came from, the fact that we didn’t know anything about the instruments we were using meant we weren’t constrained by the rules.

ER: Coming together and then blowing up music blogoshpere so quickly, and being snapped up by one of the coolest record labels in the world at the time. How do you think that affected you? It must have been a hell of a lot of pressure, when most bands that early into their careers are still finding their feet?

CL: Not really, you kinda get used to everything that is happening to you as a band very quickly. We were lucky to have good management from early on, who took us away from everything & allowed us to take our time making a record. Luckily we never had to rush anything, we get to mess around & write a lot of songs before choosing what we think are the best ones. We did a lot of pretty awful gigs back then though, we’ve only recently found our feet live I think, the new drummer has helped massively.

♫ Chew Lips – Hurricane (Radio Edit)

ER: Fast forward to 2012. ‘Unicorn’ is a tough act to follow, it’s (in our opinion) one of the greatest albums of the 2000’s. How did you approach the new record? What has inspired it, both lyrically and musically.

CL: Thanks, that’s very nice to hear. We approached this one by trying to step up everything from the first album – the songwriting, the sounds, the production, the thought behind it, the lyrics, the whole package. Tigs was living in Paris during the writing & recording of this record so that totally influenced her lyrically. Musically it’s gone way deeper into the analog world I guess, with loads more proper old synths & drum machines, with some live drums too. Loads of harmonies & BV’s this time too, which is new for us.

ER: And how would you describe it’s sound? What’s it going to be called?

CL: It sounds massive I hope, tougher than before, more focused than before, possibly more open & emotional than before. We wanted it to be a bit more of a pop this time, with a lot more hip hop influenced beats rather than the 4/4 thing. We’re still not sure on the name yet though… We had a name for it all the way through which the label has now said is “too indie” so we’re now trying to find a new name for our baby.

ER: Now you’ve slimmed down to a two piece, has the way you write or record changed?

CL: Not so much really, we only really wrote stuff in the practice room very early on. We probably did more stuff over email this time round as Tigs was in gay Paris a lot & I was in London.

♫ Chew Lips – Solo

ER: So what’s in Chew Lips’ studio? Do you have a favourite bit of kit?

CL: Lots of old analog synths… I share a room in Shoreditch with a friend & between us we have a really nice setup. We have a Pro One, a Juno 6, a Prophet 5, an MS20, an SH101 and loads of crazy tape echos, spring reverbs & pedals. I like fun stuff you can get your hands on rather than plugins on the computer. Favourite thing at the moment is my Sequential Circuits DrumTraks an early 80’s drum machine, it sounds incredible on everything.

ER: If money was no object, what piece of studio gear would be your dream to own?

CL: Probably a MemoryMoog, we hired one for a few days whilst recording the album & it’s just amazing. Everytime you turn it on it’s worth recording as it’ll be doing something amazing & random. The sound of the Thom Yorke record basically.

ER: The first few times we saw you guys live it was all raucous and usually resulted in Tigs parading up and down the bar of whatever venue it was? What can we expect from Chew Lips live in 2012, more of the same?

CL: More of the same but she’ll probably be in tune this time & not so out of breath! We’ve worked really hard on the live set this time round & it’s definitely way better than it was before. A kick ass girl drummer really helps.

ER: Speaking of which, do you prefer recording or playing live?

CL: I like both, geeking around in the studio for months is really fun, but playing live is great, the feeling after a good show is amazing. I like travelling too so touring is great fun. We’ve been to some awesome places recently too, China, Russia, all over the place but Eastern Europe is the best.

♫ Chew Lips – Play Together

ER: Tell us one thing about Chew Lips you’ve never ever told anyone. 😉

CL: Erm, tough one… There’s nothing left to tell, there are no skeletons left in our closet.

ER: What’s on the cards for the rest of this year? Does the album have a release date yet? And festival appearances?

CL: More gigs, more festivals, Hurricane comes out Sept 3rd & I guess when the record comes out depends on how well that single does. It could be early next year for the album to be honest.

♫ Chew Lips – Salt Air

ER: Are Chew Lips a cereal or a Full English Breakfast kinda’ band? Would your answer change the day after a gig?

CL: Usually cereal for me (Bran Flakes) & for Tigs it would be either Porridge or eggs, she fucking loves eggs, we call her the Mongoose. The morning after a late night it’s definitely a fry up, usually at this amazing Italian place in Newington Green that we love. Would have to be served with coffee too, we’re obsessed with coffee, I worked out how much I spent last week on coffee & it was more than on food. How stupid is that?

ER: Thanks guys.

CL: Thanks!

♫ Chew Lips – Do You Chew?

Chew Lips awesome new single Hurricane is released 3rd September.

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CHEW LiPS’ ‘Hurricane’ video

CHEW LiPS’ new single, Hurricane, get’s the video treatment. The best of the new CHEW LiPS material so far deserved a clip. And it got one. That’s justice for you.

Set against some nice urban decay, the video the band mucking about it a warehouse, showing off what they do best. Perform.

Hurricane is released 3rd September

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CHEW LiPS’ new single

CHEW LiPS

A couple of weeks ago I caught Indie-ElectroPop outfit CHEW LiPS live for the umpteenth time where they played a selection of upcoming unreleased material. One track, I assumed was called ‘Don’t Stop’, sounded particularly like single material to my ears. So convinced was I that I asked James about it and he confirmed that it was the next single and was, in fact, called Hurricane. Before you jump in with “cool story, bro”, a couple of weeks later here it is.

Hurricane, CHEW LiPS second single from heir forthcoming sophomore album, is a lot more accessible Pop than the previous Do You Chew?, but that doesn’t mean CHEW LiPS new found grit is nowhere to be found, it’s their loaded into the verses. It makes way, though, for shimmering, catchy DiscoPop in the huge choruses. It’s a combination of sounds we’re really loving, Tigs and James have somehow managed to take some quite harsh, almost Industrial elements and make them sound like the slickest Pop. It;s amazing. If Do You Chew? had us excited for CHEW LiPS return, Hurricane has us excited for the album’s release.

♫ CHEW LiPS – Hurricane (Radio Edit)

Hurricane is released 3rd September

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CHEW LiPS & Lieke

Chew Lips on Myrtle court

Here’s the first reMix of CHEW LiPS awesome ‘comeback’ single ‘Do You Chew?’ that we are really feeling. It comes from new Polish producer Lieke, who get’s all proggy on out asses.

His mix of ‘Do You Chew?’ is a deep House groove with ElectroPop sensibilities. Gone is the original’s raw energy and choppy beats to be replaced with a slick, classy groove. This gentle dance track, rather than neutering the original, merely changes it into something new. The sense of danger and chaos has been excised, this track isn’t about exciting Indie dancefloors, this is about smooth sunrise moments. Incorporating elements of ‘90’s House, Euphoric Trance and a whole lot of Prog, Lieke isn’t going to slay any dancefloors with this mix, but he will soundtrack quite a few more chilled moments. Job done.

CHEW LiPS – Do You Chew? (Lieke reMix)

‘Do You Chew?’ is out now.

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CHEW LiPS’ ‘Do You Chew?’ video

CHEW LiPS’s comeback tracks ‘Do You Chew?’ is such a welcome return. It’s catchy and infectious as hell too, it’s been on repeat a lot around these parts.

Check out the new video for the track. Filmed in Paris, the clip is it’s beautifully shot in dreamy soft focus for a nice retro look.

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CHEW LiPS new track

CHEW LiPS

A while back we got our first listen to one of the new tracks from London Indie-ElectroPop (now) two-peice CHEW LiPS on their ‘Mini Mixtape’, alongside the Um-Bongo music. Now the duo have released the entire track for our listening pleasure, and a taste of what’s to come.

‘Do You Chew?” is a initial look at a rawer, more gritty CHEW LiPS sound. Pulsating and sexy, the new track drops some of the Pop sheen the band had acquired by the time their début album ‘Unicorn’ had dropped and returns to the more live, garage ElectroPop sound of the first few demos. It’s actually not as moody as we had gathered from it’s mixtape appearance, in full it’s got a nice groove, with almost an old school Hip Hop swing, layered with buzzing and grinding synths and Tigs’ playful vocals. Definitely a welcome return for these guys, hopefully they’ll be going on the road soon so we can catch more of their legendary live shows.

CHEW LiPS – Do You Chew?

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CHEW LiPS’ ‘Mini Mixtape Vol. 1’ (yes, that’s a new CHEW LiPS track!)

CHEW LiPS

CHEW LiPS – Mini Mixtape Vol. 1 = The awesome CHEW LiPS are hinting at their return with this ten minute minimix. It;s an eclectic selection of tune, but of particular interest here is the second from last track (right before the Um Bongo ad music!) is a brand new CHEW LiPS track, ‘Do You Chew’! And pretty special it is to, moody and imposing.

CHEW LiPS – Mini Mixtape Vol. 1

The tracklist:

01. Caramba – Fedora/Kia Ora
02. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
03. Chris Brown (Feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) – Look At Me Now
04. Prince – I Would Die 4 U
05. LV (Feat. Joshua Idehen) – Northern Line
06. Beck – Get Real Paid
07. Carlos D’Alessio – Tika Tika Walk
08. CHEW LiPS – Do You Chew?
09. Andre Jacquemin – Um Bongo, Um Bongo (They Drink It In The Congo)

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Gwaiiu (ex-of CHEW LiPS) reMixes Thomas Tantrum

Thomas Tantrum are a Southampton based Indie-Pop outfit who’s new single, ‘Hot Hot Summer’, has been reMixed by Gwaiiu.

Gwaiiu is none other than Will Sanderson, ex member of CHEW LiPS, who applies his ElectroPop skills to the track to create an awesome mid-tempo head nodder. Driven by electronic burbling and chirping and a solid beat and more than a little Dubstep influence. It’s actually like a Dubstep early Gary Numan track with female vocals. Interesting stuff!

Check it out:

Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer (Gwaiiu reMix)

‘Hot Hot Summer’ is 5th june.

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