Anyone who’s followed Kele Okereke’s career over the past few years might’ve assumed the singer had little interest in reuniting with Bloc Party, the London postpunk band he led to international acclaim before it went on hiatus in 2009. The following year, Okereke released a solo debut, 'The Boxer', full of sleek dance tunes; he also collaborated with the Dutch DJ Tiësto and Madonna’s 'MDNA' collaborator Martin Solveig. (Rumours that Okereke’s bandmates had fired him circulated, too, after the singer told NME he’d seen them entering a New York rehearsal studio without him.)
But in June, Bloc Party returned to the stage in Glasgow to kick off its first tour in three years. What’s more, the band has made a new studio album, 'Four', on which Okereke sounds right at home layering his anxious yelp over guitar-heavy tracks helmed by At the Drive-In producer Alex Newport. 'Octopus',the disc’s choppy lead single, shares more with 2005’s Silent Alarm than it does with 2008’s Intimacy. Perhaps old alliances – and old approaches – die hard.