LIANNE LA HAVAS NEW ALBUM ‘BLOOD’ TO BE RELEASED JULY 31ST ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS April 21 2015
Lianne La Havas made a huge breakthrough with her Top 5 debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ which sold 200,000 copies and won Album of the Year at iTunes as well as Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Best Album nominations. Now the 25-year-old London-based singer-songwriter will release her eagerly anticipated new album ‘Blood’ on July 31st on Warner Bros. Records.
‘Blood’ is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall / reggae producer Stephen McGregor.
Discovering her heritage inspired Lianne to reflect on the connections between now and then, which in turn sparked the songs which would become her future. Simply, “everything seemed to have a lot more clarity, and I really wanted to speak about it.”
Lyrically, the songs that feature on the album are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” Sonically, ‘Blood’ is a collection that shakes, shimmies and swings with Jamaican grooves with Lianne taking inspiration from the nation’s love of grooves, rhythms and syncopation.
In addition to Stephen McGregor, ‘Blood’ features a rich collection of collaborators. Produced by Adele / FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and founded upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tunes trio The Invisible, the first single ‘Unstoppable’ is a song that Lianne wrote to help to repair a relationship that she had ended.
‘Unstoppable’ will be available from April 22nd as an instant grat track for those who pre-order the album.
Following his work on Lianne’s debut album, Aqualung’s Matt Hales returns, most notably on ‘Wonderful’ which he and Lianne co-wrote with Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence. Another highlight comes with the autobiographical album centrepiece ‘Green and Gold’ which was co-produced and co-written by Jamie Lidell, while Alicia Keys and India.Arie producer Mark Batson also lent his talents to the album.
In addition to the regular CD, digital and vinyl releases, ‘Blood’ will also be issued on three special formats: a Mastered for iTunes digital edition; a limited first run CD Softpak; a signed 12” vinyl which will be available exclusively through Lianne’s official website.
Lianne La Havas’s debut ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ provided more highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. It was a journey that encompassed over 120 shows across Europe, North America and Japan – including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – with her domestic chart success soon followed by similarly impressive stats the world over. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends.
Recent months have seen Lianne contribute a succession of guest appearances. There’s been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track ‘Egg Shells’; guest vocal on Alt-J’s ‘Warm Foothills’ and Tourist’s ‘Patterns’; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for ‘Where Is My Sex?’ by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was Lianne’s contribution to Prince’s ‘Art Official Age’ album, which were recorded over the course of a heady weekend at Paisley Park.
Lianne will build towards the launch of ‘Blood’ with a special international run of intimate album preview shows. The tour begins at London’s historic Wilton’s Music Hall on May 19th, before heading to the People’s Palace in Amsterdam on May 27th and Berlin’s Grüner Salon on May 28th.
Further live shows will follow throughout with the summer with two huge outdoor shows in Swansea and Manchester as special guest to Paolo Nutini. Her summer festival appearances commence with Glastonbury, and will be followed by the philosophy and music event How The Light Gets In as well as Latitude, Gentlemen of the Road (curated by Mumford & Sons) and Bestival.
Lianne’s upcoming tour schedule runs as below:
19th – London, Wilton’s Music Hall (headline)
24th – Paris, Afropunk Festival
24th-28th - Glastonbury
27th – Amsterdam, People’s Palace (headline)
28th – Berlin, Grüner Salon (headline)
30th – Ross-on-Wye, How The Light Gets In Festival
20th – Swansea, Singleton Park (guest to Paolo Nutini)
2nd – Manchester, Summer in the City (guest to Paolo Nutini)
12th – Rotterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival
18th – Latitude Festival
20th – Lucerne, Blue Balls Festival
1st – Gentlemen of the Road Festival
11th - Bestival
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