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In the three short years since she released her debut EP Warrior, Grammy-winning, Top 5 recording artist Foxes, aka 26-year-old Louisa Rose Allen, has swiftly become one of the UK's best pop stars, creating a catalogue of gorgeously epic songs saturated with emotional honesty. Last year's debut album Glorious – featuring Top 10 single Let Go For Tonight and the amazing Youth and Holding Onto Heaven – showcased a burgeoning talent getting to grips with channeling life's complications into A-grade pop bangers. The forthcoming follow-up album, prefaced by the disco-tinged strut of the lead single Body Talk, is the sort of sonic leap forward that comes from experience. “I knew immediately what I wanted with this album,” she states emphatically, taking time out from finishing overseeing production with Mark Ralph (Years & Years) and MyRiot (London Grammar) on the last few tracks. “I really wanted to move on because Glorious felt like a very young album. A lot of the things that were happening weren't that present. I like those songs for what they are but they felt like I was singing about past situations and I felt like there was so much I could write about now.”

Recorded in London, Stockholm, LA and Wales, the new album still carries a thread from Glorious' penchant for sky-scraping choruses, bold melodies and that undeniable sense of vulnerability that sneaks in through the cracks. Featuring previous collaborators such as Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey), Kid Harpoon (Jessie Ware) and Jonny Harris, aka Ghostwriter, the album also brings in the likes of Dan Wilson (Adele's Someone Like You), Jonas Quant (Hurts), Dan Smith from Bastille, Jesse Shatkin (Sia's Chandelier) and Rick Knowles (Lykke Li). Pulling it all together, however, is Southampton-born Louisa, a woman who eschews the lure of the full-on glitzy pop star life in favour of taking the bus around east London with her mates or working on her mum's clothing market stall. “I have to remain normal,” she says. “I don't know why or if that will last. I genuinely have all my friends I grew up with forgetting what I do or that people recognise me. I forget why people recognise me! I feel very Southampton around famous people!” 

After winning a Grammy for huge dance hit Clarity in 2013, featuring on Fall Out Boy’s Just One Yesterday, and being personally invited to join Pharrell Williams on his European tour, it could be hard to keep your feet on the ground. But at the end of the Glorious campaign, when Louisa immediately started thinking about album two, she knew she needed to continue working with collaborators who understood the unique British pop sound that runs through her music. “Something I knew I didn't want to do was go too pop,” she says of the album's early stages. “I wanted to write with Dan Wilson so that was a great experience. We did a song called Devil's Side. I wrote the album in Sweden, Wales, LA and London, so it was quite varied, but finishing it with just two people – Mark Ralph and MyRiot – has been great, and I brought my whole band in to record too which I didn't do with the first album. When I think about it there is a thread running from the first album to this one though. There's a way I write and a way I sing through things. I don't want something to be straight down the line pop – I want to make it a little more interesting. I like to be very honest.”