Speech Debelle has quit her record label Big Dada (an imprint of Ninja Tune) claiming that a shortfall in the distribution of her 2009 Mercury Prize winning debut Speech Therapy was responsible for the album’s relatively weak sales in the wake of her victory. Speaking to BBC 6Music, she explained how record shops had completely sold out of the disc by the weekend after the Mercury win, so that what might have been a huge sales weekend for the album ended up being anything but. “I wasn’t on a big label and the machine wasn’t there,” she said. “So even though the album won the Mercury, it was still only able to do what the label was capable of doing, which just means that I’m more prepared for next time.”
She also revealed that she is set to start work on her second album with producer Wayne Lo-Tek and plans to return to Australia, where she recorded Speech Therapy, to complete the project with a view to a September 2010 release. Maxi Jazz of Faithless and MC Rodney P are scheduled to guest on the album, and Debelle expects to have a new label deal in place early next year.
Listen to the full 6Music session with host Andrew Collins here, including live performances of ‘Spinnin’ and ‘The Key’.
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