The first single 'Shuffle' from Bombay Bicycle Club's forthcoming third album 'A Different Kind of Fix' (out 29th August via Island Records) received its world premiere on Radio 1 last night as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record and is now streaming exclusively over at the Bombay Bicycle Club Soundcloud page.
'Shuffle' emerges from a looped piano sample to burst forth into one of the band's biggest songs to date, as the piano loop recruits gargantuan drums and bass that march to an epic chorus on their way to a house break of Balearic proportions.
In a little over three years, the band will have released three LPs - an extraordinary and increasingly rare feat in the 21st century music industry. From the teenage indie kicks of their debut; to the sparse, timeless folk of last summer's top ten album, 'Flaws' (nominated for an Ivor Novello Award); the quartet open a new and beguiling chapter with, 'A Different Kind of Fix', one that cements their place at the very forefront of British bands in 2011.
Recorded in Hamburg, London and Atlanta, 'A Different Kind of Fix' captures the sound of a band effortlessly progressing and innovating at a startling rate. Guitars are firmly plugged back in for album number three, but added to the mix with potent results are synths, sampled loops, layered vocals from all four band members and washes of reverb throughout.
Production-wise, the album reunites BBC with Jim Abbiss - who produced their debut - and also introduces them to Ben Allen - noted for his work with Animal Collective - whilst lead singer, Jack Steadman co-produces throughout.
Indeed, Jack has been quietly making electronic music as a bedroom side-project for the past few years, and these sounds gently permeate throughout the rich and textured production on 'A Different Kind of Fix'. An electric guitar album with a human heart for sure, but one with a bionic pulse.
BBC play all major UK festivals this summer including headlining Underage Festival, headlining the second stage at Latitude Festival, playing the Other Stage at Glastonbury and the Second stage at Leeds & Reading Festival.