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Chase And Status Announce Sixth Album 'What Came Before', Share New Single Mixed Emotions

Friday, 08 April 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Chase And Status have announced their sixth album.

'What Came Before' will arrive on June 10 and feature the newly shared single Mixed Emotions, a summery tune with layered synths and soulful vocals, propelled by a fervent drum and bass-style beat.

It'll appear on the 13-track record alongside the previously unveiled cuts When It Rains featuring Backroad Gee, and Don’t Be Scared with Takura. Head below to view the accompanying video, filmed in two parts, and directed by Femi Ladi, who commented:

"On nights out like this, sometimes you just want to get fucked up. Trying to get to that moment, when you’re out of your head and completely in the moment. Sometimes music gets us there, sometimes drugs and alcohol, sometimes it’s a combination of all three. 

"I want to connect our camera to the chasing of that high. A visual metaphor for trying to reach that euphoria. Each time she takes a bump, a line or a pill, the camera closes in on her. The closer she gets to that euphoric moment, the closer the camera gets to her.

"By the end I want the audience to have an uncomfortable and claustrophobic feeling as our hero goes slightly overboard, a feeling that most of us know but won't dare to admit."

Head below to view the record's striking artwork, created by Crown & Owls, who added:

"We wanted to create an image that captured the very human compulsion to gather in a dark room and dance and sweat. Such scenes have a different weight to them after they were off the table for a good while, and we were very interested in capturing a moment of collective catharsis in the shadow of a period of history that pushed isolation on so many. We were really interested in the stories of the individuals in the image - what drives them to want to be in that room? The whole campaign kind of works backwards from that moment in the photo really - the intersecting stories of the dance floor, and the sense of freedom and release it brings to the individual. The record sleeve, the single covers, visualisers and elements of the music videos were all captured at this special night - it’s been a joy to work on."

Chase and Status, whose last album was 2019's 'RTRN II JUNGLE', will play Cardiff's Alexandra Head in July. They also headline London's inaugural Electric City Festival in August. Head below for ticket details.

'What Came Before' tracklist:

1. Don't Be Scared (featuring Takura)
2. Go
3. Censor (featuring Popcaan and IRAH)
4. Mixed Emotions
5. Over & Done (featuring Pip Millett)
6. Run Up (featuring Unknown T)
7. 5AM
8. Headtop (featuring IRAH)
9. When It Rains (featuring BackRoad Gee)
10. Hold Your Ground (featuring Ethan Holt)
11. Blazer (featuring IRAH)
12. Consciousness
13. Forgive Dark

Chase And Status Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri July 15 2022 - CARDIFF Alexandra Head
Sun August 28 2022 - LONDON Clapham Common

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