Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle reveals new album details

'Freedom of Speech' will be released on February 13

Speech Debelle has revealed that she will release her second album, ‘Freedom of Speech’, on February 13.

The follow up to 2009’s ‘Speech Therapy’ – which scored that year’s Mercury Music Prize, beating albums by Florence And The Machine, Kasabian, Friendly Fires and The Horrors – sees Debelle working with songwriter Eg White, who co-wrote Adele‘s Grammy winning 2008 single ‘Chasing Pavements’.

Produced by Kwes, the 12-track album is organised around two main themes; revolution and love, reports The Guardian. The first single to be taken from the album is ‘I’m With It’, which is described as ‘future Motown’ and was co-written with White. The B-sides include remixes by DJs Leo Zeo, Lapalux and Hyperdub’s Cooly G. ‘I’m With It’ is released on February 20.

In late 2009 Speech Debelle sacked her record label, Big Dada. The London musician said that she had given her label the boot because of their supposed failure to capitalise on her Mercury Music Prize win by keeping up with demand for the album. Debelle and the label later reconciled.