Slaves are to release their second album Take Control on 30 September via Virgin EMI. It follows 2015’s Mercury Prize nominated Are You Satisfied?.
The album features cameos from the Beastie Boys’s Mike D and Baxter Dury.
For the production of the album, Mike D told the NME: “The initial conversation I had with Laurie [Vincent, guitarist]... there were so many influences he mentioned that I love – from the Gang of Four to the Cramps to the Damned to Public Image Ltd to the Slits and on and on. All records that I truly loved and I couldn’t believe he knew all of them so well for a person his age.”
Slaves are Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman, both from Kent, who first met through Holman’s rap-punk group Bareface, which Vincent began playing for. The duo eventually veered away from the group and decided to create their own band, forming Slaves in January 2012.
“Isaac was the first person who said, I wanna make the same band as you,” says Vincent. “That’s why it’s flowed so well”. Shortly after they formed, Slaves released a mini-LP Sugar Coated Bitter Truth on their own label Girl Fight Records – also setting up their own launch and printing their own T-shirts. The group then signed with Virgin EMI, appeared on Later with Jools Holland, and released their debut album Are You Satisfied?