Ben Drew, speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now or available digitally, said that by ditching the soul ballads for new album ‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’ he was hoping to make “a UK hip-hop album like Skinnyman or Klashnekoff, or my first record [2006’s ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’]”.
Drew’s record label have already rejected his idea for the record, leading him to consider giving the album away for free.
As well as putting out the album, Drew has a UK arena tour coming up and has to finish off two films he’s directing. “Fuck it! I have the rest of my life to sit on my arse and do nothing,” he said of his workload.
‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’ is expected to be released this spring.
The issue previews the 60 most exciting albums of 2011, also featuring The Strokes, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Beady Eye, La Roux, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and 52 other acts, with in-the-studio reports and photos.