Day26 are putting the finishing touches on their new album, and they promise that this time around, they'll give their fans more tunes to dance to.
"While recording our first album and putting it out, we realized we didn't cater to the club as much as we needed to," Will Taylor said. "So this album, we're just dedicated to tearing the club walls down. The album is going to be ridiculous. We're going to show you the true Day26."
"This album is stank, and I mean that in a good way," Mike McCluney said. Bandmate Robert Curry added: "It's about to be hot in the club. The roof's about to be on fire."
But fans of the group shouldn't be too worried that the guys are straying from the sound that made them famous. Qwanell "Que" Mosley assured us that the new sound is just branching out from the original Day26 vibe. "Basically, were trying to stick to our element — R&B music — but we're trying to take it to a whole 'nother level," he said. "We're going to stick to Day26 — that old Jodeci, 112 vibe — and take that to the next level."
The band will take the reins a bit more on this album, due in April, but will still get some help from old friends like [artist id="1183406"]Mario Winans[/artist]. "We do a lot of stuff ourselves. ... Last time, we didn't get nothing, zero," McCluney said. "But this album, we got a couple songs."
"We're more involved as far as actually picking songs and the direction Day26 is going in," Curry added. "We feel like we've grown tremendously. This project is going to be ridiculous."
One of those "ridiculous" tracks is "Remix," which MTV News got a taste of when we visited the guys in the studio. It was written and produced by Curry. "It's a metaphor song. ... It's our version of [[artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé's[/artist]] 'Upgrade U,' " Robert said. "We can remix her, and we're telling our fans, 'This is a remix of the first album.' "
But the group wasn't just focused on "club bangers." The themes on the new album run the gamut, and Day26 aren't afraid to share what they're thinking with their fans. "We're singing about a lot of different things. We're singing about breakups directly to our fans, singing to the potential loves of our lives," Taylor said. "Everything that we feel deep down in the heart, we're putting it out there. We got a lot of records on here that are going to cater to a whole lot of different situations in life, period. It is sexy."
The only thing missing from the new album are collaborations, which were still up in the air when we spoke with them. "We're working that out now. We don't know about any collaborations as of yet," Taylor said. "However, we didn't give you much first album, so this album, you're definitely going to get some collaborations just to let you all know we do get along."
Curry added: "We made friends with a few famous people now, so we can get a couple."
Meanwhile, Mosley had a few ideas of who he'd like to see get on the album: "We would love to work with [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist], [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist], [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist], [artist id="1243444"]Jeezy[/artist], [artist id="961097"]Luda[/artist], [artist id="1998098"]T-Pain[/artist]. Everybody — wink, wink — we want to work with you."