Two of the most distinctive voices in British music were heard together at this unbelievable Festival of Voice double bill featuring legendary pop outfit Scritti Politti and Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor.
Emerging from 1970s Camden, Scritti Politti combined punk’s raw energy and experimental gritty sounds with impenetrably obscure lyrics. Despite their founder Green Gartside’s chronic stage fright and rare live appearances, Scritti gained international stardom by the mid-1980s with four critically acclaimed albums spanning soul-pop, synth funk, reggae and hip hop. Making a triumphant comeback in 2006 with their Mercury Music Prize nominated album, White Bread, Black Beer, Scritti have collaborated in recent years with artists such as Tracey Thorn and Manic Street Preachers, featuring on their 2014 album Futurology and joining the band on several dates of their subsequent tour.
Alexis Taylor is a musician, producer and songwriter from London. After forming Hot Chip with Joe Goddard whilst at school, he went on to make five albums with the now expanded five-piece pop group. An introspective singer-songwriter who plays synthesizers, piano and guitar, he has also released solo records on the Treader and Domino labels and three acclaimed albums with improvised/non-improvised music project About Group. Taylor has collaborated with Venice Biennale Award-winning visual artists Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, as well as with German producer Justus Köhncke in the duo Fainting By Numbers. Recently, he also performed new renditions of Benjamin Britten-arranged folk songs alongside Scritti Politti singer Gartside.