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Tinchy working on 'new sound'
Tinchy Stryder
Tinchy Stryder is working on his second album now

Tinchy Stryder has described tracks recorded for his new album as forging a "new sound".

The east London rapper has enlisted three producers to help him complete work on the follow up to his debut, 2007's Star In The Hood.

Since commencing work in January the as yet untitled second album is due to be released this summer.

Speaking to Newsbeat about the LP he said: "It's mixed, it's different, it's like a new sound."

Big hit

Earlier this year Take Me Back featuring Tao Cruz was a top five UK hit for the rapper. However, the song's success hasn't surprised him.

"It wasn't a shocker, if I said it was a shocker I'd be lying," he said.

"But to do as well as it did? I kind of knew it was a big tune when I recorded it.

"Most of the time I miss my song when it's played but this one I just can't seem to get away from it."

Since the turn of the year Tinchy Stryder has been holed up in the studio working on new material.

"It's like a growth in the whole music," he said. "What I've got to talk about and the kind of music I'm making - everything is different.

Tinchy Stryder
Tinchy Stryder playing Radio 1's Live Lounge earlier this year

"I think reality makes the best music. So what ever you're going through, whatever stage you're at, just put into your music.

"Then again not everyone's life is that exciting so you've got to have a little twist on some tracks."

'Keeping close'

In order to avoid a disparate sounding record Tinchy's intentions are to keep the team involved small.

"It's not like loads of producers," he explained. "I'm just trying to keep it all close to sound as one, so it doesn't sound random."

Not a figure from Tinchy's own grime background, Vince from hotly tipped London pop outfit Frankmusic has produced a handful of tracks including one called First Place.

"He's a different sort of energy. He's got different ideas. Working with him I've learnt a couple of things," he said.

"We meet half way from the way I sound to the way how he sounds. It's like a brand new thing."

Looking to the future, the rapper is currently embarking on a full UK tour alongside friends N-Dubz who feature on his new single Number 1.

"Plans? Basically keep recording until the final day I've got to hand in the album," he laughed.

"I'm doing one of the dance tents at Glastonbury. I've never done Glastonbury before and I haven't even been there before. Getting in the mud and that."

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