:: I’m absolutely surprised by this album!
Bloc Party frontman, singer/songwriter, DJ and producer Kele Okereke has released his second solo album Trick yesterday and it’s absolutely worth a full listen. It follows 2010’s solo debut The Boxer and this year’s Candy Flip EP of house music for Crosstown Rebels.
Trick was officially released in the UK/Europe yesterday (October 13, 2014) via Kele’s own label Lilac Records (via Kobalt Label Services). North America sees release of the album today (October 14). The set of ten songs is available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Trick from Amazon.
Trick is streaming in its entirety over at The Guardian, check it out as long as the stream’s available. The album was recorded in London and New York together with producer Alex Epton. The songs are strongly influenced by electronic music such as house and dance. In a recent feature for Billboard, Kele explained:
“The process of hearing those sounds at 5:00 AM in clubs started to bleed into what I was making. […] Even though this record is a solo record, I was still having people’s inputs. It wasn’t like I was locked in a basement, making music all by myself. … I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation. It’s good to have some sense of perspective, and it’s good to have other people sharing how it makes them feel.”
Doubt was the first track taken from Trick. The songs comes with an animated video directed by Nova Dando that you can check out above. Kele has a handful of European tour dates coming up in October and November. You can check out the dates below and listen to the album track Coasting.
01. First Impressions
05. Like We Used To
06. Humour Me
07. Year Zero
08. My Hotel Room
09. Silver and Gold
10. Stay the Night
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 24 Oct 2014 // Lingen, Germany // Emsland Arena Foyer
Sat 25 Oct 2014 // Paris, France // La Gaiete Lyrique
Thu 06 Nov 2014 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Noodlanding @ Paradiso
Sat 15 Nov 2014 // London, UK // Oval Space
Fri 21 Nov 2014 // Barcelona, Spain // Razzmatazz
Fri 28 Nov 2014 // Glasgow, UK // SWG3