The producer who Stormzy thanked in his acceptance speech for the British Album BRIT award has spoken to Music Week about plans for the “incredibly exciting” follow-up.
“We’ve talked about doing the same thing in terms of the way that we’re going to work and getting straight back into it,” said Fraser T Smith.
“With this kind of momentum, I’m really keen to have the same kind of involvement as I did on Gang Signs & Prayer, because there’s so much more Stormzy can give.”
Smith said that Stormzy has already evolved as an artist since the release of his debut in February 2017.
“We did some writing sessions at the end of the year and his singing voice, the delivery of his raps, his musicality, there’s no way he’s going to be just recycling Gang Signs & Prayer – it’s going to be an incredibly exciting journey and an incredibly exciting sophomore album,” he said.
Smith also welcomed the involvement of Atlantic UK, following the JV between the Warner Music company and the rapper’s label #Merky.
“We all know the team there very well, from Max [Lousada] to Ben [Cook] and Twin B [Alec Boateng], who actually hooked us up in the first place,” he said.
“It’s an incredible team around the world at Atlantic and Stormzy is ready to take that challenge of being signed with #Merky to Atlantic and to release a big global record. He’s at that point where he’s ready to release that kind of record on his terms.”
Dan Chalmers added that he was proud of the work ADA had done on the grime star’s debut.
“We continue to build this project and work on to the next chapter for him with Atlantic,” he said. “It’s great to see him transition through his career and it’s brilliant that he’s stayed within the [Warner Music] family.”