Boy George, universally recognized as one of our generation's most iconic artists, is back with a thrilling new studio album of original material, his first in 18 years! 'This Is What I Do' is to be released on his own 'Very Me' Record Label via Kobalt Label Services on 28th October and will be supported by live dates in the UK. 'This Is What I Do' features a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham (Kitty Daisy & Lewis), Ally McErlaine (Texas / Red Sky July), MC Spee (Dread zone) and Nizar Al Issa, many of whom will perform as George's band on his live dates. 'This Is What I Do' was written by George and longtime writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens (Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Simply Red, Culture Club). Richie Stevens also produced the record at London's Cowshed Studios. The album also features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and a version of Yoko Ono's Death of Samantha. It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Pendulum, Doves). Says George: "I wanted to make a baggy album, not overproduced and I think I have achieved it. I was listening to things like 'Beast of Burden' by the Stones' and I had my head most definitely in the 70s. Richie's approach was very organic and he's the best drummer in the country so the feel of the record was so locked in from the start. I worked with a bunch of musicians who I have toured with and written with for the past fifteen years and dragged in a handful of others to guest on certain tracks like bassist Jennifer Maidman, Ally McErlaine from Texas and Kitty Durham from Kitty Daisy & Lewis who came and played harmonica. I was also writing from a happy place. This time, no ex lovers to get revenge on. For me 'Bigger Than War' sums up the tone." Boy George needs little introduction. With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980's as the front man of one of the UK's biggest exports - the Brit & Grammy Award winning Culture Club - and has had continued success as a solo artist. He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country. Boy George is also a hugely respected house DJ, playing for twenty years, and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the world. However it is his new album, 'This Is What I Do', that reinforces his first true love, writing & singing.
"With this album, one of pop's most shape-shifting careers enters a new phase. Boy George has a beard on the cover a dabble with conventional masculinity that's mischievously offset by discreet eye makeup and inside is a forceful reclamation of his musical reputation. Before the arrests and the 12-step groups, George's music was often freighted with solipsistic misery; here, on his first all-new studio album since 1995, he's got wisdom on his side. The opening track, King of Everything, apologises for having once thought "self-destruction was so cool" and wonders where he now stands with those he loves. It's a flowing orchestral number, huskily sung: a masterly introduction to the record. His deeper, richer voice has gravitas now when he maintains, on the countrified It's Easy, that he now leaves heartbreak to others, his burnished tones are utterly authoritative. Live Your Life's old-time reggae and anti-homophobia lyric are closer to his Culture Club beginnings, but he didn't sing this powerfully then. This Is What I Do is the comeback of the year." --Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian * * * *