Bloc Party announce brand new 'Nextwave Sessions' EP

The five-track release comes out on August 12

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Bloc Party are set to release brand new material in the shape of the 'Nextwave Sessions' EP.

Comprising five tracks, the EP is set for release on August 12. The opening two songs, 'Ratchet' and 'Obscene', were produced by Dan Carey. The EP also features 'French Exit', 'Montreal' and 'Children Of The Future'. Of 'Ratchet', frontman Kele Okereke said: "'Ratchet' was the first song we recorded with Dan. It really came together while we were on tour in 2012. We started slipping it into the sets at the start of this year just to try it out and the reactions were insane. We knew we had something special."

The 'Nextwave Sessions' tracklisting is:

'Ratchet'
'Obscene'
'French Exit'
'Montreal'
'Children Of The Future'


Despite the release, Bloc Party have said they will be going on hiatus after their headline set at Latitude on July 19. The band's guitarist Russell Lissack told Postmedia News: "Definitely after we finish the festivals in the summer we'll be taking some time off. At least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years, it's hard to say."

Explaining why the band won't be imposing any kind of time frame on their hiatus, Lissack added: "Once we start taking time off people start doing their own thing. So once people start doing things, then you'll start naturally extending how long we spend apart."

Bloc Party previously took an extended break between 2009's 'Intimacy' LP and last year's comeback album, 'Four'. "The last record, 'Intimacy', when we toured that it was probably more lows than highs due to the relationships in the band not being very good and lack of communication and people not enjoying what we were doing," Lissack recalled.

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