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Stormzy announces new album

By | Published on Thursday 13 October 2022


Stormzy has announced that he will release his third album, ‘This Is What I Mean’, next bloody month. It’s happening, guys.

Like many a musician before him, to make the album the rapper retreated to the remote Osea Island in Essex, where he camped out with a variety of yet to be revealed musicians and producers and took in the ‘Wicker Man’ vibes.

“When you hear about music camps they always sound intense and sombre”, he says. “People saying: ‘We need to make an album’, [or] ‘We need to make some hit records’. But this felt beautifully free. We’re all musicians but we weren’t always doing music. Some days we played football or walked around taking pictures”.

“The bi-product to that was very beautiful music”, he goes on. “Because when you marry that ethos with world class musicians and the best producers, writers and artists in the world, and we’re in one space, that’s a recipe for something that no one can really imagine. You can’t even calculate what that’s going to come up with. And it came up with a big chunk of this album”.

Everything is currently pointing to Stormzy having made a folk album. It’s probably safe to say he hasn’t. But if he has, that’s fine. The last track is called ‘Give It To The Water’, which does sound quite folky.

Anyway, there’s nothing for you to listen to at the moment, but I’m sure there will be in due course. ‘This Is What I Mean’ will be out on 25 Nov.