Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release solo album?

With his band about to go on hiatus, the Bloc Party frontman is reportedly working on a new project with producer Hudson Mohawke

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is reportedly working on a solo album, according to producer Hudson Mohawke. In an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra's Benji B, Mohawke mentioned a forthcoming collaboration with Erykah Badu "… and I'm also kinda doing a little bit of stuff for Kele from Bloc Party's solo album as well".

Mohawke – a DJ whose real name is Ross Birchard – also said Okereke is "doing a record" with "one of the guys" from Baltimore club duo Spank Rock. It's not clear whether Mohawke means an album or just one track, though producer Alex Epton, aka Armani XXXchange, is widely reported as the Spank Rocker in question. XXXchange has previously remixed songs by Thom Yorke, Beck, Lady Sovereign, Santigold and others, as well as producing Amanda Blank and the Kills.

Though Okereke's solo work has not been formally announced, the project has been widely speculated since Bloc Party revealed plans for a band hiatus. "I definitely don't think this will be the last you'll hear of the people who make up Bloc Party," drummer Matt Tong said in October. "Kele is an insatiable workaholic so you'll definitely hear from him again." The group recently wrapped up a UK tour and have only one more date scheduled, 19 November in Osaka.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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