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Sweet Baboo details new record Wild Imagination and unfurls dreamy first single "Badminton"

22 March 2017, 09:41 | Written by Laurence Day

North Wales' Sweet Baboo has announced new record Wild Imagination and is sharing lead single "Badminton" to celebrate.

Sweet Baboo - aka Trefriw-born musician Stephen Black - is following up 2015's The Boombox Ballads with a collection of songs about looking up and forwards.

"I think everyone agrees 2016 was a pretty shitty year," Black says of the new LP's tone and content. "I kept thinking about my son (he’s nearly three) and wanting to protect him from the world, so I decided to try and make an album full of positivity because that’s what I know I can do. And at the moment, I don’t know what else to suggest. As an aside, the album was originally going to be called Positive Recordings."

"Within the honesty [of Wild Imagination] there is no agenda other than the salvation of his sanity, a man coming to terms with his existence and role on planet earth and its' forever changing wallpaper," explains collaborator and friend Cate Le Bon.

First preview "Badminton" is a bright and airy number with lilting electronics - Black's vocals drift through the mix, buoyed by hope, floating gracefully between soft tones and the chilled-out pitter-patter of synth.

As well as the album and single, Black has announced a new UK tour for this summer - tickets are on sale at 10am on 24 March.


  • 13 - Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
  • 14 - The Prince Albert, Brighton
  • 15 - The Lexington, London
  • 16 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • 17 - Thekla, Bristol
  • 18 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Wild Imagination is out 2 June via Moshi Moshi. You can pre-order now.
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