Loyle Carner releases hugo: reimagined along with the film from the Royal Albert Hall performance

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Today, he releases hugo: reimagined (Live From The Royal Albert Hall)” which is now available to stream and purchase on CD / vinyl,  and shares a soul-stirring 45 minute film taken from the evening, directed by Milo Blake and shot by Greg Hackett, produced by Spindle & Soul Purpose (watch below). A very special, limited edition box set is available to purchase now at the link here. 

An incomparable live-performer and creative virtuoso, Carner’s Royal Albert Hall show – which coincided with his 29th birthday – saw an array of very special guests including  Jordan Rakei, Athian Akec and JNR Williams, and an electrifying live-band, join for a truly immersive show in storied surrounds. 

“Whilst touring ‘hugo’ for the last couple years I noticed that the music began to change as the shows went on. I wanted to catch a snapshot of their evolution and document how alive and fluid the things we make are. A special way to spend my birthday” – Loyle Carner

A very limited run of “hugo’: reimagned” box sets will be available to purchase now. The box set is designed like a toolbox, and will include the live album in multiple formats, a chess board with bespoke chess pieces, incense, keychain, notebook and more; a truly collectable item for dedicated listeners of the record.

At the core of ‘hugo’ lies a deeply personal narrative, one that intertwines the complexities of family relationships and identity. Central to both the original ‘hugo’ album and its reimagined counterpart is the symbol of a car—specifically, Carner’s father’s car, For Carner, it was more than just a mode of transportation; it was a vessel for emotional exploration and connection. Learning to drive in the company of his father, Carner found solace in the confined space of the car, where difficult conversations about their relationship could unfold with honesty and vulnerability. Through these intimate exchanges, father and son forged a deeper understanding and, ultimately, a stronger bond.  The ‘hugo’ story now concludes through the act of crushing the car (which was itself used in much of Carner’s touring stage design). The crushed car, featured prominently on the artwork of ‘hugo’ reimagined,’ like a sculpture, serves as a visual metaphor for Carner’s emotional journey and a testament to the power of music in transmuting emotional turmoil into beauty and art.

Carner has undoubtedly had a meteoric rise to the top, culminating in the  triumphant release of “hugo”, which the Observer described as a “masterpiece” and gave a full 5 stars,  charting at number 3 in the UK Album Chart.  A 10-track compendium of urgent delivery and gloriously widescreen production, Carner confronts both the deeply personal and the highly political. Cinematic in scale and scope, “hugo” is both a rallying war cry for a generation forged in fire and a study of the personal internal conflict that drives the rest of the album – as a mixed-race Black man, as an artist, as a father and as a son. 

With multiple Mercury and Brits nominations, NME Awards and appearances in global brand campaigns (such as New Balance, Nike, YSL), across a 10 year career Carner has  become one of the UK’s most respected and admired artists.  In 2023 alone he graced massive festival shows and venues across the UK and beyond, including Wembley OVO Arena in London, followed by a string of packed out festival appearances, including a headline slot at Glastonbury’s West Holts stage,  Primavera Sound and Reading and Leeds Festival. 

Loyle Carner has been announced as a headliner for 2024’s All Points East.  His only London live date for 2024 and his biggest yet, he’ll be playing on Saturday 17 August, joined by special guests including Nas, André 3000, Lianne La Havas, Ezra Collective and Flying Lotus across the East, West and North stages that Carner himself has curated. Those that miss out on All Points East can catch Loyle at a string of summer 2024 UK/EU shows.