Devlin releases his new single, Watchtower (featuring Ed Sheeran), through Island Records on the 19th August 2012. It is the first single to be taken from his forthcoming second album, ‘A Moving Picture’, out 29th October.
Dagenham born rapper Devlin introduced himself to the UK at large with his gold selling debut album ‘Bud, Sweat and Beers’ in October 2010. It spawned two hit singles (Brainwashed, Runaway) and propelled this hard-hitting, straight-talking artist to the forefront of young British rappers.
His acerbic verse is at the forefront of Watchtower, a colossal rock track produced by Labrinth and featuring Ed Sheeran singing the chorus of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ at its core. The video features appearances by Jaime Winstone (Made in Dagenham/Kidulthood), Neil Maskell (Nil By Mouth/Atonement), Tilly Vosburgh (Vera Drake/Awakening), and George Russo (Turnout/Tony) in a cinematic thriller with Devlin and Ed Sheeran in the lead roles.
The new album ‘A Moving Picture’ is already climbing the pre-release charts, a full four months ahead of its release. Devlin’s ‘The Director’s Cut’ mixtape is currently available as a free download through his website and acts as a tantalizing taster to the new record.
Over the past twelve months, Devlin’s peers’ prose has inadvertently become the heartbeat and voice of a young society, but the door has now swung back open for the return of Britain’s most caustic and wise young voice.
23rd June – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekender, London
1st July – T4 On The Beach, Weston Super Mare
5th July – Urban Classic, London (with Ms Dynamite, Fazer, Skepta & BBC Symphony Orchestra)
7th July – T In The Park, Scotland
8th July – Somerset House, London (with Katy B)
19th August – V Festival, Stafford
24th August – Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza (with Katy B)
1st September – Jersey Live, Jersey