NME Awards performers Run The Jewels confirm work has begun on ‘Meow The Jewels’ album

Rap duo will perform at NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas in February

Run The Jewels have spoken about being nominated for Best Album at next month’s NME Awards, where they will also be performing, alongside fellow live acts The Vaccines and Royal Blood, as well as the progress of the ‘Meow The Jewels’ album.

Their album ‘Run The Jewels 2’ is up against releases from Jamie T, St Vincent, Royal Blood and Kasabian. El-P of the hip-hop duo told NME: “It’s not about whether we end up winning. We’re just having a great time and are honoured that people are really connecting with the record.”

However, his bandmate Killer Mike took a different approach, commenting: “I can’t say honestly in my heart of hearts that I want anyone else to win!”

The NME Awards takes place on February 18 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, with tickets available now.

Run The Jewels also confirmed to NME that work on the fan-funded, cat remix version of ‘Run The Jewels 2’, has begun now that they have taken a break from touring. ‘Meow The Jewels’ met its Kickstarter funding target of £24,500 ($45,100) last year. “Meow The Jewels has just started production,” said El-P. “We were handling all of the charitable aspect and getting money to where we had to get it first, and we’ll be making an announcement about that soon.”

When asked how long he expects the whole process to take, El-P said fans will be able to hear a taste of the album in the next couple of weeks. “I’m not sure how long the whole thing will take because it’s not all in my hands – we’ve got a bunch of people and producers on board to make cat noises and I need to wrangle it all together,” he commented. “Everybody announced so far is still involved – Prince Paul, Dan the Automater, Just Blaze, Skywlkr, Baauer, Zola Jesus, Gaslamp Killer and myself. There’s a lot of really amazing people involved – which is ridiculous, considering that if I actually had to make real music then it might have been the greatest album ever made!”

Later this month Run The Jewels will support Jack White at Madison Square Garden in New York. Speaking about the prestigious support slot, El-P revealed that the duo plan to work with White’s Third Man Records label in the future. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we completely baffle a large part of that audience! We’re just gonna get up there and do what we do and hopefully people won’t look at us like we’re too insane,” said El-P of the show. “Jack’s a fan of what we do. Before we put the record out we talked about possibly doing it with Third Man Records. I’m sure we’ll work with them at some point – there’ll be some speciality vinyl or something.”

Both El-P and Killer Mike have played the venue before, with El-P taking part in a political rally for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader with his group Company Flow in 2000. “It was very surreal – I was hanging out with Susan Sarandon and Bill Murray backstage. I ended up holding Ralph Nader’s hand while Patti Smith singing ‘People Have The Power’ with confetti raining down.” Killer Mike, meanwhile, previously played the venue with OutKast.

The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas has already been confirmed. In February Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves will tour the UK. Tickets are available now.

The big winners at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas included Arctic Monkeys and Haim. Damon Albarn and Paul McCartney also picked up prizes on the night, alongside live performances from the likes of Drenge, The Horrors and Blondie.