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Kele Okereke’s New Block-Rockin’ Beats

Lyndsey Parker
The New Now

What do you get when you mix up music video imagery from D'Angelo's "Untitled," Madonna's "Everybody," Lady Gaga's "Lovegame," and Styx's "Mr. Roboto"; give it a title that namechecks Chromeo; and process it all through a Britpunk filter? Why, it's the block-rockin' debut solo video by Bloc Party's frontman Kele Okereke, "Tenderoni," of course. And it is awesome:

Kele Okereke's first solo album The Boxer comes out June 22 on Glassnote Records (label home to buzz bands Phoenix and Temper Trap), and as evidenced by the technotronic vidoe above, it boasts a notably more electro sound than Bloc Party's raw, guitar-oriented post-punk. Says Kele about the album's creation, in his Glassnote press release: "I plugged in synths with no idea what they would do. I began programming drum beats, which I had never done before. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying. In most cases, I sat down, pulled a drum beat out of nowhere, and arranged stuff around that. It was as exciting to me as the first time I picked up a guitar."

It seems like Kele's getting the party started all over again. Check out his tour dates and more info at

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