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Okereke recorded the album mainly in New York with producer Alex Epton, aka XXXchange, the Brooklyn-based musician who has crafted the sound of Philly hip hop outfit Spank Rock.
For 'The Boxer,' the singer has explored his love of dance music, he told NME.com. "I've been into clubbing for years. I've said from the beginning I'm into dance, it gets me excited and I think this record is going to go some way to prove that to people, hopefully."
Recording and set to perform simply as Kele, Okereke experimented in London with synthesizers before taking his demos to New York to finish 10 tracks for the album. With Bloc Party currently on hiatus, the band's guitarist Russell Lissack has ventured down the side-project route as well with Pin Me Down, whose debut album 'Treasure Hunter' is out April 19.
'The Boxer' is set for release by Wichita/Polydor on June 21, preceded by a single 'Tenderoni' the week before. Okereke is confirmed to play a number of festivals this summer, including Reading and Leeds, the Warehouse Project's Parklife Festival and, as, Spinner reported previously, Ibiza Rocks.