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John Talabot Remixes William Onyeabor's 'Atomic Bomb (Hot Chip Cover)'

Stream Barcelona producer John Talabot's remix of Hot Chip's cover of "Atomic Bomb," a gem from 70s Nigerian synth-funk man William Onyeabor.


The folks at Luaka Bop enlist Barcelona producer John Talabot for a silky remix of Hot Chip's cover of "Atomic Bomb," one of the many gems from 1970s Nigerian synth-funk mystery man William Onyeabor. Talabot's remix, which will be released as a 12" on April 18 for Record Store Day, adds a pulsing synthesizer melody and lofty beat underneath Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor's vocal lines. As Luaka Bop explains in a press statement, Nigerian bootleggers Abaeze and Abayomrunkoje reworked a pirated William Onyeabor album cover for the artwork, creating this "bootleg of a bootleg" above. For more, revisit Luaka Bop's collection of William Onyeabor's complete 1978-1985 discography, watch a recently unearthed video for Onyeabor's "Many Mansions" and download Alexis Taylor's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape. Stream John Talabot's remix of "Atomic Bomb (Hot Chip Cover)" below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

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