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Bombay Bicycle Club Release “Tekken 2” Feat. Chaka Khan & Announce UK/IE Headline Tour – New Album out October 20th

October 12, 2023
Credit: Tom Oxley





Bombay Bicycle Club are thrilled to release ‘Tekken 2’, their new single with a surprise feature from the queen of funk and R&B, Chaka Khan. The track is the final track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming new album, My Big Day, released next Friday (20th October)

What an iconic collaboration and a track that cuts through the soundscape with sincere emotive emphasis. A truly wild arrangement, gripping textures and big beats collide with the intimate lyrics leading to the dazzling verse from none other than Chaka Khan. The energy of this release is momentous, with the raw words, and the infectious rhythms of this ensemble allowing the audience to both embrace the lyrics and relate to the personal affection, but also resonate and move to the beat. With a week away from the album dropping, life feels brighter when Bombay Bicycle Club release music, heartfelt creations that captivate intently.

‘Tekken 2’ was written by frontman Jack Steadman at the band’s own London studio.Jack was eager to share the song with global legend Chaka Khan, envisioning her as the ultimate feature to elevate the track. She was, in essence, his dream feature

After Jack invited me and then sent the song, I loved it, the ethereal part drew me in,” Chaka said. “The band has such innovative and passionate energy, truly great musicians. Absolute vibes.”

This led to Jack jetting off to L.A. to capture her distinctive vocal line. “Tekken 2” showcases not just the band’s versatile musical prowess, but also their capacity to attract monumental talent spanning various music domains.

Jack on Tekken 2: “‘It has been a pretty crazy journey, from sitting on my sofa messing around with a keyboard and drum machine to sitting across from Chaka Khan in a fancy L.A. studio giving her singing directions.

“Chaka was an absolute superstar and the whole experience was so positive. I think the song reflects that – it’s about coming together, putting any bad thoughts aside and just enjoying the moment.”

The band are also excited to announce a new headline tour across the UK and Ireland for January and February 2024, as well as a huge summer show at London’s Alexandra Palace Park next July.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour go on sale from Wednesday 25th October, and on general sale from 9:00am on Friday 27th October.

My Big Day is released on 20th October. The record features an eclectic host of guest vocalists that perfectly encapsulates the breadth of the band’s widespread appeal, including Damon Albarn, Jay Som, Nilüfer Yanya, Holly Humberstone and now Chaka Khan.

Jack sits on both sides of the glass for the duration of the record, having previously produced their fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and co-production with John Congleton for 2020’s Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Additional production comes from Paul Epworth on the track ‘Heaven’ and Ben Allen who co-produces ‘Turn The World On’.

The record was mixed by Dave Fridmann (renowned for his work with The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT, HAIM).

Pre-order the album here

My Big Day Tracklisting:

Just A Little More Time

I Want To Be Your Only Pet

Sleepless (feat. Jay Som)

My Big Day

Turn The World On

Meditate (feat. Nilüfer Yanya)

Rural Radio Predicts The Rapture

Heaven (feat. Damon Albarn)

Tekken (feat. Chaka Khan)

Diving (feat. Holly Humberstone)


New 2024 UK & Ireland tour dates:

29th January – The Telegraph Building, Belfast

30th January – 3 Olympia Theatre, Dublin

2nd February – O2 Academy, Birmingham

3rd February – Centre, Brighton

5th February – Beacon, Bristol

6th February – Rock City, Nottingham

8th February – O2 Academy, Sheffield

9th February – The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich

10th February – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

12th February – Barrowland, Glasgow

15th February – O2 City Hall, Newcastle

16th February – O2 Apollo, Manchester

18th February – Great Hall, Cardiff

12th July – Alexandra Palace Park, London

2023 Instore/Outstore UK Live Dates:

17th October – Academy 2, Leicester (in association with Truck)

18th October – The Academy, Oxford (In association with Truck) SOLD OUT

19th October – PRYZM, London (in association with Banquet Records) *matinee SOLD OUT

19th October – PRYZM, London (in association with Banquet Records) SOLD OUT

20th October – Rough Trade East, London *lunchtime show SOLD OUT

20th October – Rough Trade East, London  SOLD OUT

21st October – HMV, Southampton *Matinee acoustic performance SOLD OUT

21st October – Pier, Portsmouth (in association with Pie & Vinyl) SOLD OUT

22nd October – The Church, Marlborough (in association with Sound Knowledge) *Matinee acoustic performance  SOLD OUT

22nd October – Marble Factory, Bristol (in association with Rough Trade) SOLD OUT

23rd October – Badlands Records, Cheltenham SOLD OUT *Matinee acoustic performance

23rd October – The Empire, Coventry (in association with HMV) SOLD OUT

24th October – Bear Tree, Sheffield  *Matinee acoustic performance

24th October – Jacaranda Records, Liverpool (in store signing)

24th October – Hangar 34, Liverpool (in association with Jacaranda Records) SOLD OUT

25th October – Liquid Room, Edinburgh (in association with Assai Records)  SOLD OUT *early show

25th October – Liquid Room, Edinburgh (in association with Assai Records)  SOLD OUT

26th October – Fat Sam’s, Dundee (in association with Assai Records) SOLD OUT

31st October – Golden Discs, Dublin *Matinee acoustic performance  SOLD OUT

2023 European Headline tour:

13th November – Riviera, Madrid

14th November – Sala Apolo, Barcelona

16th November – Alcatraz, Milan

17th November – Tonhalle, Munich

18th November – Docks, Lausanne

19th November – Docks, Hamburg

21st November – Trabendo, Paris

22nd November – Columbiahalle, Berlin

23rd November – Progresja, Warsaw

25th November – De Roma, Antwerp

26th November – Live Music Hall, Cologne

27th November – Melkweg, Amsterdam

28th November – Melkweg, Amsterdam


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