Share a new single, “Don’t Touch That Dial” ft. Yuuko
Release Off Planet Part 2 today – stream HERE
New album, Off Planet, released in four parts and out in full on 16th June 2023 via Because Music – pre-save / pre-order here
Announce instore tour for June 2023 (see here) plus appearances at Christine and the Queens’ Meltdown, Kite, Bluedot and Standon Calling Festivals this summer
Django Django today release Off Planet Part 2, the next 5 tracks from their album, Off Planet, which will be available in full on 16th June 2023 via Because Music.
“Don’t Touch That Dial” ft. Yuuko, the lead cut from Part 2, is a futuristic, percussion-driven club track featuring the Japanese rapper Yuuko. Django Django co-founder and producer Dave Maclean stumbled across Yuuko online, and after some communication she delivered a blistering vocal take with impeccable flow describing a typical day in the life where there’s only one rule… Don’t Touch That Dial.
Part 2 also features another standout track, “Back to Back” ft. Patience, as well as “Squid Inc”, “Come Down” and “Golden Cross”.
About “Don’t Touch That Dial” ft. Yuuko, Maclean, said: “This was a weird instrumental track that came out of looping some little chopped up bits of a studio jam. I liked the odd groove of the track and I wanted a vocalist on there but I wanted something quite different, so I reached out to Yuuko and she totally got it, and delivered this outstanding top line.”
“Don’t Touch That Dial” follows the release of the album’s Part 1 and the BBC 6 Music A-Listed single, “Complete Me” feat. Self Esteem. An explosion of 90’s inspired breakbeat, packed with organs, pianos and synth strings, the track makes Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s hooks completely irresistible, as if echoing from some familiar memory. A long associate of the band, Self Esteem released her first EP on Dave’s Kick + Clap label, appearing on 2018’s Marble Skies and supporting the Djangos on tour. The track was described by Clash as “a dazzling piece of synth pop”, while NME took notice of the “clubby piano, synth strings and keys.” Watch the accompanying animated video, taking inspiration from acid rave and 90s TV channel logo stings, directed by the illustrator Ed Croucher,
Off Planet, an album released in four parts, each as a separate “planet”, features a cavalcade of mainstream and underground stars – Self Esteem, Jack Peñate, Stealing Sheep, Toya Delazy and many more, all of them either friends of the band or personally sought out by Dave Maclean, bringing entirely new creative angles into play. From bluesy pop and Middle Eastern cabaret goth to Afro acid and piano rave, to call it kaleidoscopic is putting it mildly. Despite smashing the Django Django mould and at times not sounding like anything on their previous releases, Off Planet is very much still recognisably them, and is the biggest, boldest, and most varied statement the band has ever made.
Django Django will play five instores this June to coincide with the release of Off Planet. The band will also perform at this year’s Meltdown Festival curated by Christine and the Queens, as well as at Kite, Bluedot and Standon Calling festivals.
Dates are as follows:
09/06 – London, UK @ Southbank Centre, Christine and the Queens’ Meltdown Festival
11/06 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Kite Festival
16/06 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East – instore
19/06 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Records – instore
20/06 – Liverpool, UK @ Jacaranda Records Phase One – instore
21/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade – instore
22/06 – Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ Pryzm – instore
20/07 – 23/07 – Macclesfield, UK @ Bluedot Festival
20/07 – 23/07 – Standon, UK @ Standon Calling
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.