The most eagerly anticipated release of the year comes from Kasabian when they unleash their eleven track opus ‘Velociraptor!’ on 19 September. The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, the new album was recorded in Leicester and mixed in San Francisco. Written and produced by Sergio Pizzorno, ‘Velociraptor!’ is a major leap forward from Britain’s biggest band. As a taster of what’s to come, ‘Switchblade Smiles’ is streamed from today at kasabian.co.uk. NME had a sneak preview and called it “a rumbling, black cloud of techno intensity, probably the heaviest tune they’ve ever done, and might well be their best”.