'The Id' looks like being an eclectic mix of reggae, rock, jungle and, erm, German techno...

MACY GRAY has said visiting Europe while touring her massive ‘ON HOW LIFE IS’ album has helped provide the musical inspiration for new record ‘THE ID’.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Gray‘s second album has been produced by former Def Jam Records founder turned rock producer Rick Rubin, and also features input from Soul Quarian and Roots member Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson and Erykah Badu.

Now, speaking to MTV news in the US, Gray said that touring an album which was successful across the world gave her a number of ideas for new material.

She said: “You go to France and African rhythms are really big over there and then you go to Germany and you’ve got like German hiphop. And then there’s all kinds of techno clubs and drum’n’bass and jungle music.

“They have it in the States, but in Europe it’s much bigger and much more mainstream. Just having done that, all of that crept into my subconscious and a lot of that ended up on my album.”

Talking about individual tracks on the record, ‘Relating To A Psychopath’ contains “a rock beat mixed with a techno beat mixed with a hiphop beat, and then there’s a reggae bass line”, while future single ‘Sweet Baby’ is “about my first real real real real love”.

She said: “It’s like when you get to that level with a person where it’s all about you and him, and what other people think and what’s going on in the outside world is all secondary.”

The album has been given a provisional release date of September 18.