The producer, songwriter and musician will release ‘12 Questions’ on October 23 via Platoon/70Hz.
Describing the record as “the most ambitious, exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done”, ‘12 Questions’ is based on a series of 12 universal, human and urgent questions, each of which is posed by Smith to a different collaborator on the album.
Other guests on ‘12 Questions’ include Arlo Parks, Bastille, Easy Life, poet Simon Armitage, Kano, Kojey Radical, Tom Grennan and Tia Carys — the latter two feature on the album’s lead single ‘Do We Really Care? Pt.1’, which you can hear below.
You can see the tracklist for ‘12 Questions’ below.
- Fear Or Faith Pt.1 feat. Alysia Harris
- Promised Land feat. Mikky Ekko
- Fear Or Faith Pt.2 feat. Idris Elba
- How Much Is Enough? feat. Kojey Radical
- Million$Bill feat. Kojey Radical, Easy Life
- Do We Really Care? Pt.1 feat. Tom Grennan, Tia Carys
- Do We Really Care? Pt.2 feat. Simon Armitage
- What’s In A Name? feat. Bastille
- Why Are We So Divided, When We’re So Connected? feat. Es Devlin
- Children Of The Internet feat. Dave
- How Do We Find Our Truth? feat. Stormzy, Beatrice Mushiya
- What’s The Cost Of Freedom? feat. Albert Woodfox
- Freedom feat. Kano
- Mountain Girl feat. Ruelle
- Is It Too Late To Save The Planet? feat. Katrin Fridriks
- What Happens Next? / Way Back When feat. Lafawndah
- Nature or Nurture? feat. Jelani Blackman, Ghetts
- What Matters Most? feat. Arlo Parks
- Stranger In The Night feat. Arlo Parks
- What Is Love? feat. Duckworth
- Fear or Faith Pt.3 feat. Alysia Harris
“I made this record not because I could but because I had to – there was no other way to progress. It’s the most ambitious, exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done,” Smith said in a statement about ‘12 Questions’.
“Creatively, it’s a colourful musical playground – the culmination of everything I’ve learned over my career, from 70’s progressive rock to hip hop. Culturally, it’s a celebration of humanity, whilst shining a light on some of the cruel injustices in the world,” he added.
“I’m so proud and humbled by the hugely diverse group of collaborators who have spoken their truths on the album. I hope the answers will enlighten the listeners and stir debate.”
Smith is well renowned for his songwriting and production work with Adele, Stormzy and Dave.