Aitch has announced details of his eagerly-awaited debut studio album, 'Close To Home'.

The Manchester rapper is set to release the record on August 19.

The 22-year-old star says it was an emotional process making his first full-length release.

Over on Instagram, Aitch said: “This one means a lot.

“The past 4 years have been crazy thank you to everyone that’s been involved I can’t appreciate you enough, whether you been here from the start or not I got nothing but love.

“A lot of different emotions went into this I can’t wait to share it with u lot! Came this far without dropping an album and that’s all because of you, thank you for being patient with me […] let’s see how far this one takes us.”

Aitch releases the latest single, '1989', which samples fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses' seminal single 'Fools Gold', released in 1989, on Friday (20.05.22).

A press release notes that the track is "a clever juxtaposition of two prominent musical eras, a bridge joining Manchester old and new, a twin celebration of the city's auspicious storytelling past and thrilling future. Aitch effortlessly combines the undeniable groove of the legendary Madchester anthem with his quick-witted bars and whip-smart wordplay."

The whole album is an ode to the northern city, which is the birthplace of Oasis, New Order, The Smiths and The Verve.

Aitch has recently enjoyed chart success with the lead single, 'Baby', which samples Ashanti's song of the same name from the R B legend's iconic 2002 self-titled debut album.

Since his 2018 breakthrough single, 'Straight Rhymez', Aitch has collaborated with the likes of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Pa Salieu, and Headie One.

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