Swindle Leads Us To 'The New World' On New Album f/ Kojey Radical, Ghetts, Akala & More

Swindle Leads Us To 'The New World' On New Album f/ Kojey Radical, Ghetts, Akala & More

October 29, 2021

Following on from 2019's No More Normal, South London maestro Swindle is back with The New World, a community-driven epic that features an enormous cast of like-minded characters.

Over the past few months, we've been primed for this moment with teaser tracks like "No Black, No Irish" featuring Joel Culpepper and Maverick Sabre, the jazz-grime cut "Blow Ya Trumpet" alongside heavyweights Ghetts, Akala, Kojey Radical and Knucks, "Darkest Hour" with Poppy Ajudha and Daley, and "Lost" featuring JNR Williams, Kojey Radical and Loyle Carner.

Elsewhere, the spiritualist tones of Greentea Peng can be spotted on the reggae-infused "What More", where she contributes some thought-triggering reflections before the dub instrumental breakdown closes the track. Meanwhile, Kojey Radical resurfaces five times across the project, each time delivering potent lyrical splurges, sharing his perspective on the themes explored like fatherhood, liberation, identity and healing.

Speaking on the creation of the project, Swindle says: "The New World was recorded during a very strange time in 2020 just after being locked down. I sent a text to my favourite artists, collaborators and friends saying 'Let's have a musical retreat, reconnect and figure out how we are going to enter the new world'. When I got back and listened to the music that we made, I decided to put it together as a body of work. We were going through isolation, difficult conversations around race and racism and it was made with a real pure intention. A soundtrack to our healing. It's a very unique album to me, an album that happened to us. I hope you enjoy it".

The New World is further proof of both the importance of Swindle's voice and influence on UK music, as well as his impressive ability to bring together such an esteemed group of artists and creatives.

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Lauren Luxenberg