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BLOC PARTY TIME!

And it's an indie that wins the race...

LONDON's brightest art-pop hope, BLOC PARTY, have announced their new record deal.

The band have signed with indie label, Wichita - home to The Cribs, The Pattern and Canyon in the UK and former label of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket.

The signing follows the release of two independent singles by Bloc Party, 'She's Hearing Voices' on Trash Aesthetic and the forthcoming 'Banquet' on Moshi Moshi.

"We agreed to join Wichita mainly because we really trusted the people and they seemed to get what we were doing," frontman Kele Okereke told Drowned In Sound.

"Our experience meeting majors was nice - apart from one bad experience - but after being told to 'Go away and write more slow songs', we began to assume it was pointless. We've always been confident over our identity and what the band's about, and we want to keep the creative process as pure as possible, and Wichita is in tune with what we're doing," he added.

Bloc Party, who played London's Metro last night (April 19) alongside The Rakes and Komakino, are likely to release their debut single on Wichita in July.

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