It’s been ten years since Mr. Hudson released his last album (2009’s Straight No Chaser), but the English musician is finally ready to deliver a follow up. And on June 21st, he’ll do just that with the release of his next album, When the Machine Stops.
Kicking the campaign off with “Antidote” last week, Hudson reconnects with Vic Mensa on the project’s latest single, “Chicago.”
“Once I had the song, I knew I wanted it to sound like Chicago,” Hudson told Billboard. “The drums were really important. Once I got the track sounding right with Johan, I called Vic. We’re always a good fit because he’s not afraid of wearing his heart on the sleeve of his motorcycle jacket. I went to his studio, which looks like a punk music venue, and he cut his verse in a couple takes. It’s emotional but it’s proud. Anger can be a useful emotion.”
“Mr. Hudson is a dear friend of mine and one of my favorite people to work with. I always know he’ll pull up for me and that’s mutual,” Mensa added. “The record immediately spoke to me, and I wanted to take a direction personifying misery as a woman I should have left behind in Chicago.”
Check out the Johan-laced record below.