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Kele Okereke has confirmed that the follow up to 'Intimacy' will be out in 2012

Kele Okereke has confirmed that Bloc Party will release a new album later this year.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Radio 1 today (January 3), the frontman said that a follow up to their third album, 2008’s ‘Intimacy’, will be out at some point in 2012. The band have been working on their fourth album in New York.

Last year Kele courted controversy by claiming that while he was busy with his solo career, the remaining members of Bloc Party would be auditioning new singers to allow them to continue playing together. Bloc Party soon backtracked on the admission, which had been made to NME.

Zane Lowe went on to contact the band’s management, who denied the developments. Lowe then took to Twitter to claim: “Bloc Party thing is nonsense. Management confirm it. Solid… solid as a rrrrock.”

As management officially denied there was anything going on, the band distanced themselves from the claims. It was then suggested that the four members had been in cahoots to whip up publicity for the band and ‘get one over’ on the media.