The 11-track album was built over a three-year period. The opening track, "What We Do," became the track that set the scene for each studio session and features an unusual combination of R&B singer Daley, Grime legends P Money & D Double E, and an opening speech from Bristol-based spoken-word artist Rider Shafique.
We're told that the resulting work has a pervading sense of triumph against the odds, and a celebration of togetherness at this moment of fragmentation that manages to feel both optimistic and nostalgic. It's described as a record that could have only been made in today's multicultural Britain.
"No More Normal is the idea of us doing our thing, our way, with no rules or limitations. It is jazz influenced as much as it is grime influenced. It's London influenced as much as it is LA influenced. I can work with D Double E and Nubya Garcia, these records are my imagination brought to life in musical form," Swindle explains.
The album follows a spate of projects where Swindle's taken on the role of producer for other artists, and also years of graft with releases on Butterz, including 2015's Peace, Love & Music album, itself preceded by three other long-players, among them 2013's Long Live The Jazz, released on Mala's Deep Medi label. It incorporates an all-star cast of some of the UK's finest MCs in Kojey Radical, Ghetts, D Double E, and P Money, to instrumentalists Yussef Dayes, Nubya Garcia, Riot Jazz, and singers such as Etta Bond, Eva Lazarus, Daley, and Kiko Bun.
Swindle last appeared on Brownswood with 2014's Walter's Call EP.
01. What We Do (Feat. Rider Shafique, P Money, D Double E & Daley)
02. Get Paid
03. Drill Work (Feat. Ghetts)
04. Run Up (Feat. Kiko Bun, Knucks, Eva Lazarus & Nubya Garcia)
05. Coming Home (Feat. Kojey Radical)
06. Reach The Stars (Feat. Andrew Ashong)
07. Knowledge (Feat. Eva Lazarus & Kiko Bun)
08. Take It Back (Feat. D Double E)
09. California (Feat. Etta Bond & Kojey Radical)
10. Talk A Lot (Feat. Eva Lazarus)
11. Grateful (Feat. Kojey Radical & Rider Shafique)
No More Normal LP will land on January 25, with lead singles "Coming Home" ft. Kojey Radical and "Reach the Stars" ft. Andrew Ashong streaming below.