One of the albums which The 405 has been anticipating with growing excitement over the past few months is, Tempo, the latest fruit of Olga Bell's creative loins. And, having just come out on One Little Indian, the 10-track set fails to disappoint. As lead single, 'Randomness' demonstrated, Russian-born Bell can be inventive with her house-pop sound without alienating listeners' ears.

Tempo is Bell's third long-player and has been described by the musician as a record that is "first for the body, then for the mind". Every song on the album was incepted by Bell first and foremost thinking about tempo. She'd listen to the metronome alone, gauging its relation to her body, to the pace of the day, the weather and the light.

In this quick-fire Q&A, Bell gives The 405 some specifics about Tempo and her work on it.


If I had to summarise Tempo in one sentence, it would be...

Existence is dynamic and you can dance about it.

The first song I wrote for the album was...

'Power User'

My favourite part of the recording process was when...

When I transformed a preset called 'Guetta Bitch' into a kind of swingy organ toccata for the middle of 'Randomness'.

The song that has evolved the most between its first version and the finished album version is...

'Ritual (ft. Sara Lucas)', which started as a techno instrumental and went through maybe twenty drafts before Sara and I arrived at a version with which we were both satisfied.

The song that took the longest to nail down was...

'Ritual (ft. Sara Lucas)'.

I knew the record was finished when...

Sara approved the mix of 'Ritual'.

The song I am most proud of on Tempo is...

I get queasy when people talk about feeling "proud" of their work. This album took exactly a year to make, from the earliest demos to mastering, which feels like an accomplishment, something I've never done before. I also like that a lot of the tracks on this record (like the album cover) don't take themselves too seriously, especially 'Doppio' and 'Zone'.

From all the tracks on Tempo, the one I am most excited about performing live is...

The one that will eventually feature a rapper.

The lyric I am most proud of on the record is...

The pre-chorus of 'America'.

Tempo is out now on One Little Indian.