Kele Okereke is adding strings to his bow. Having recently announced a series of short stories to give his creativity yet another outlet, he’s also gone from Boxer to Hunter with his latest EP, to be released through Wichita tomorrow, the seventh of November.
It’s a seven track treasure trove produced by XXXChange (who did a similarly slick job on Kele’s last album) which will not fail to put Kele and Bloc Party fans alike into a frenzy. Especially after those reunion rumours and that odd assumption he’d been fired…
Opener ‘What Did I Do’, the lead single which has been gathering hype for a while now, sets the tone and pairs Okereke with old friend and Boxer regular Lucy Taylor.
MP3| Kele - What Did I Do? (feat. Lucy Taylor)
‘Release Me’ manages to marry lamenting lyrics with a dance-floor melody, and ‘Goodbye Horses’ covers the hit single by Q Lazzarus without losing any of its 80s charm. (Though if you were assuming the two artists shared an interest in showjumping let Lazzarus put you on the right track: “The horses represent the five senses from Hindu philosophy (The Bhagavad Gita) and the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this limited Earthly perspective.” So there.)
It’s hard not to be reminded of Bloc’s most recent album Intimacy when hearing ‘Cable’s Goodbye’, a panpipe-punctuated march which won’t leave your head for a while. Closing the EP, ‘You Belong To Someone Else’ is a surprise hit - any song which combines the lyric ‘I think you’re great’ with hand-clapping back vocals and jumpy african drums should not really be this good. The image of Kele doing a little fist dance on stage and enticing the crowd into some ‘eyeyeys’ is inescapable
MP3| Kele - You Belong To Someone Else
There’s always an element of lyricism over melody when it comes to Kele, and tracks like ‘Devotion’ may fall short when it comes to the latter, but the sense that he’s completely comfortable in this genre is never lost. (Having Sub Focus, RAC, and Fred Falke on the credits will help with this.)
A definite must-hear.