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The offices of Metronomy’s record company Because Music are pure hipster from the outside: they take up an upper floor of a converted shop off Shoreditch High Street in East London. Inside, it’s much cosier, a friendly bustle of activity. It’s so welcoming, there’s Champagne and strawberries on the office kitchen table. These turn out to be the remains of a signing ceremony, to welcome jazz singer Charlotte Dos Santos to the label.

Turning down his PR’s jokey offer of some bubbly, Metronomy frontman Joe Mount leads Classic Pop into Because Music’s small interview room/spare office. Gold discs line the wall – Christine And The Queens, Cassius, Major Lazer… – as Joe leans over and conspiratorially mentions: “You’ll notice none of these are mine.” He’s laughing as he says it but, as he takes his seat next to a gold disc of Justice’s classic dance album Cross, it becomes clear Joe’s collective are at something of a crossroads.

By the time Metronomy finished touring 2014’s fourth album Love Letters, they’d begun to headline arenas and festivals. Boutique festivals, true, but stepping up to top the bill at a mainstream festival looked realistic for a band who, like Hot Chip, were known for their psychedelic communal shows and dance music where the melodies were as important as the bass. But then came 2016’s Summer 08, which was a Joe Mount solo album in all but name. It was a fine record – lead single Old Skool is an absolute beast – but Joe had put the band on hold so that they could raise their respective families instead of relentless careerism.

“The slight stumbling block of Summer 08 is that it was meant to stand as a comma, not a full-blown album”, says Joe now. “It was meant to be us going, ‘Hey, here’s a release, but we’re going to look after our children rather than tour and when we start touring again, we’ll be promoting a new album, see you!’ But that didn’t happen and Summer 08 became more of a proper record than it should have been. It was going to lead up to a record where we were refreshed, ready to tour and do a proper album campaign. The plan was always to be back… just a bit sooner!”

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