I’m in the middle of making our album and started to get a bit worried about how long it had been since we had released something. Mark, the guy who I’m making the album with, had always wanted to make a mixtape, so we decided to do an album of covers. I had done a cover of City High’s What Would You Do? at the end of last year and it got a good response. I’d also been listening to The Weeknd and Frank Ocean a lot, and we wanted to put out something that was as easy to get hold of — and hopefully somewhere near as good — as their mixtapes.
Finnish artist Axel Antas’ photographs have a special dream-like atmosphere about them. I remember asking him if we could use some of his photos in our album art, but I think he never replied. Instead we used San Francisco-based photographer Dan Smith.