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Taken from The Line of Best Fit (Oct 11, 2023)

Bombay Bicycle Club join forces with powerhouse Chaka Khan on "Tekken 2"

Bombay Bicycle Club have released "Tekken 2" which comes with a surprise feature from the queen of funk and R&B, Chaka Khan. The track is the final taster of the band's forthcoming new album, My Big Day.

by Tyler Damara Kelly

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club

"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," Khan said. "The band has such innovative and passionate energy, truly great musicians. Absolute vibes." This led to Jack jetting off to Los Angeles to capture her distinctive vocal line.

"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 LA studio giving her singing directions," Steadman says. "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."

"Tekken 2" featuring Chaka Chan follows on from "Turn The World On", "Diving" featuring Holly Humberstone, the album's title track, and "I Want To Be Your Only Pet". 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 and Nilufer Yanya.

Bombay Bicycle Club have also announced 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 on 12 July.

"Tekken 2" is out now. My Big Day is released on 20 October, and is available to pre-order. For more information on the band's forthcoming live dates, visit bombaybicycle.club.




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