Mumford & Sons announce Record Store Day new album listening parties

Fans will be able to hear 'Wilder Mind' on vinyl at participating stores tomorrow (April 18)

Mumford and Sons have announced that they will be staging a series of album playbacks on Record Store Day tomorrow.

New album ‘Wilder Mind’ will be played on vinyl at participating stores tomorrow (April 18) with branches of Rise in Bristol. Cheltenham and Worcester participating alongside Rough Trade in Nottingham and London.

Mumford & Sons’ third album, ‘Wilder Mind’, comes out on May 4, following on from 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ and 2012’s ‘Babel’. It was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Haim, Florence + The Machine). A number of the new songs were written at Aaron Dessner of The National’s studios in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Lovett previously told NME that the band’s change in sound is a “natural departure”. The band have already shared the single ‘Believe’ and played the album in full at intimate fanclub shows in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto and New York over the past month.

Meanwhile, Marcus Mumford has revealed that he is working on a hip-hop project with the producer behind Kanye West and Jay Z’s ‘No Church In The Wild’.

Mumford reveals in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, that he is learning to “chop up beats” with producer and rapper 88-Keys.

“I went to that Kanye gig in London recently, and I grew up listening to Jurassic 5 and Nas,” Mumford says of his love of hip-hop. Last week, Mumford & Sons claimed that Kanye West is “the only rock star left”.

“I’ve been getting into that again recently. I’ve been hanging out with an amazing guy called 88-Keys to learn how to chop-up beats. That’s really fun for me. I don’t really care about how we’re seen right now, because I think the story of this band will be a long one. People are always going to say stuff in the moment, but I hope that the arc of the band will be interesting.”

88-Keys helped produce ‘No Church In The Wild’ for Kanye West and Jay Z’s 2011 album ‘Watch The Throne’. He has also worked with both artists individually as well as releasing his own album, ‘The Death Of Adam’, in 2008. Other artists 88-Keys has produced for include Mos Def and Talib Kweli.