Hot Chip Stream 'Why Make Sense?'

New Album Debuts May 19

With its forthcoming May 19th release on Domino, Hot Chip are now streaming their new album Why Make Sense? in full now via a “color sensitivity” test site - PRESS HERE.

Visitors to the site can stream the album while testing their sensitivity to color hues, with a puzzle adapted from the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue color vision test. Players can submit their scores and email addresses for a chance to win concert tickets and signed copies of the Deluxe LP. The puzzle and site showcase an array of the Why Make Sense? design and color variants – through a new bespoke printing process, every first pressing copy features individually unique artwork. View the artwork, designed by Nick Relph, HERE

Why Make Sense? features the acclaimed singles ‘Huarache Lights’ (watch the video HERE) and ‘Need You Now’ (watch the video HERE), alongside the recently released title track - streamed via a mock-up news website coinciding with the UK’s general election (stream the track HERE) - and Burning Up (watch the video HERE), taken from a bonus EP, Separate EP, released with the special edition of the album.

The new albumwas recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph and mixed by the band, David Wrench (FKA Twigs, Caribou) and Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah). The album features guest appearances from De La Soul’s Posdnuos and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside (Love Is The Future), as well as live instrumentation and backing vocals from touring band members Sarah Jones and Rob Smaughton.

Why Make Sense? will be available on all standard formats as well as a special edition available for a limited time only, featuring a bonus EP, Separate EP, with 4 new tracks recorded during the album sessions. Pre-order Why Make Sense? from Dom Mart HERE and via iTunes HERE. All pre-orders come with an instant grat of Huarache Lights (watch HERE)and Need You Now (watch HERE).

To coincide with the release of Why Make Sense?, Hot Chip have announced a series of worldwide tour dates commencing this week. The band will also be making a number of high profile festival appearances including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Governor’s Ball, Sonar, Green Man and many more.


Tue 12 May - UK, Glasgow,Glasgow School of Art (w/ DJ Pete Fowler) – SOLD OUT

Wed 13 May - UK, Manchester,Gorilla (w/ DJ Pete Fowler) – SOLD OUT

Thu 14 May - UK, London,Oval Space (w/ Georgia) – SOLD OUT

Sun 17 May - Belgium, Brussels,Les Nuits Botanique – SOLD OUT

Tue 19 May - Netherlands, Amsterdam,Tolhuistuin – SOLD OUT

Wed 20 May - Germany, Berlin,Heimathafen – SOLD OUT

Thu 21 May - France, Paris,La Gaite Lyrique – SOLD OUT

Mon 25 May – USA, George, WA,Sasquatch Festival

Tue 26 May – USA, Portland, OR,Roseland Theater

Thu 28 May – USA, Denver, CO,Ogden Theatre

Sat 30 May – USA, Minneapolis, MN,First Avenue

Sun 31 May – USA, Milwaukee, WI,Turner Hall Ballroom

Tue 2 June – USA, Detroit, MI,Majestic Theatre

Wed 3 June – Canada, Toronto, ON,Danforth Music Hall

Thu 4 June – USA, Boston, MA,House of Blues - Boston

Fri 5 June – USA, Washington, DC,Echostage

Sun 7 June – USA, New York, NY,The Governors Ball Music Festival

Sat 13 June - Turkey, Istanbul,Effe’s One Love Festival

Thu 18 June - Spain, Barcelona,Sonar By Day Festival

Fri 19 June - Spain, Barcelona,Sonar By Night Festival

Thu 25 June - Belgium, Werchter,Rock Werchter

Fri 26 June - UK, Pilton, Glastonbury Festival

Thu 2 July - Denmark, Roskilde,Roskilde Festival

Fri 3 July - Netherlands, Amsterdam,Pitch Festival

Sun 5 July - France, Calvi,Calvi On The Rocks

Fri 10 July - UK, Perthshire,T In The Park

Sun 12 July - France, Aix-les-Bains, Musilac Festival

Mon 13 July - Switzerland, Montreaux, Montreaux Jazz Festival

Sat 18 July - UK, London,Lovebox

Sat 25 July - Russia, Moscow, Afisha Picnic Festival

Fri 31 July - USA, Chicago, IL, Lollapalooza

Sun 2 Aug - Canada, Quebec, Osheaga Festival

Fri 7 Aug - Canada, British Columbia, Squamish Valley Music Festival

Sun 9 Aug - USA, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco’s Outside Land

Tue 11 Aug – USA, Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre (plus special guests ‘!!!’ and Com Truise)

Fri 21 Aug - UK, Crickhowell,Green Man Festival

Sat 22 Aug - Netherlands, Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival

Sat 29 Aug - Switzerland, Zurich, Zurich Openair Festival

Sun 30 Aug - France, Paris, Rock En Seine Festival

Sat 5 Sept - Ireland, Stradbally, Electric Picnic

Sat 12 Sept - Germany, Berlin, Lollapalooza Berlin

Tues 13 Oct - UK, Bristol, O2 Academy (w/ Georgia)

Wed 14 Oct - UK, Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre (w/ Georgia)

Fri 16 Oct - UK, Glasgow, Barrowland (w/ Georgia)

Sat 17 Oct - UK, Manchester, Albert Hall (w/ Georgia)

Sun 18 Oct - UK, Leeds, Beckett University (w/ Georgia)

Tue 20 Oct - UK, Nottingham, Rock City (w/ Georgia)

Wed 21 Oct - UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange (w/ Georgia)

Thu 22 Oct - UK, London, O2 Brixton Academy (w/ Lonelady)

Tickets available now from

Hot Chip's longevity is proof positive that you can build a band around the concept of "emotional intelligence."


On their sixth album, Why Make Sense? the British electronic band strengthen their legacy of song-driven dance music through a process of step-by-step creation and recording, deconstruction, and rebuilding into a powerhouse live band.

Electronic Musician

Hot Chip are among the greatest modern pop acts.

The Guardian

Why Make Sense? is a meaty electro-grooving celebration of love, hope, dancing.

Q Magazine

Hot Chip are Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Owen Clarke.