A Calvin Harris-free zone.

Dizzee Rascal has hinted at a change of direction for his next album, the follow-up to 2013’s The Fifth. “The album’s gonna be very loud,” he told Beats 1 at the weekend. “It’s a real rap-based album at the moment, there ain’t really no dance music on there.”

He explained: “It’s one of them ones where you can actually sit comfortably with people and watch them enjoy it and be surprised by it because I don’t think people really know what to expect.”

Dizzee has been working on tracks for the album with Salva, Valentino Khan and Dan Farber. “I’m really happy about how it’s been going. I thought I was halfway, but it’s looking like three-quarters now,” he added.

After several years spent denying he made grime, Dizzee has been acknowledging his roots this year, performing Boy In Da Corner in full in New York and gearing up to share a stage with Wiley again (that gig is tonight, August 5, in Bedford Park).

Listen back to Elijah & Skilliam’s special RBMA Radio show featuring 100% Dizzee classics and B-sides along with an interview with the grime icon. [via NME]

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