Kele Okereke announces solo album details

By | Published on Wednesday 7 April 2010

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, or just Kele as he seems to now be known, has announced that he will release his debut solo album, ‘The Boxer’, on 21 Jun via Polydor and Wichita.

Having planned to take a year off from music, he apparently couldn’t stop himself, leading to time being booked in a recording studio to experiment. Kele told CMU: “It was just me and an engineer. I plugged in synths that I had no idea what they would do. I began programming drum beats, which I had never done before. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying. In most cases I sat down, pulled a drum beat out of nowhere and arranged stuff around that. This was as exciting to me as the first time I picked up a guitar”.

He then upped sticks to New York to produce the finished album with XXXchange, creating something that is a departure from what people might expect of him. He said: “The key for the sound of the record was to take things as harsh and as physical as I could make it. The reason for going there was that these are the sounds that make me the happiest in the world”.

The first single from the album, ‘Tenderoni’, is due for release on 14 Jun and Kele will be playing various tour dates in the coming months, details of which you’ll find at Here’s the tracklist for ‘The Boxer’, which will mean somewhere between very little and nothing to you at the moment:

Walk Tall
On The Lam
The Other Side
Everything You Wanted
New Rules
Unholy Thoughts
All The Things I Could Never Say
Yesterday’s Gone