December 5, 2001 16:28

MANCHESTER UNITED!

The likes of Elbow and Ian Brown reported to be involved in the dance outfit's first LP for five years...

MANCHESTER UNITED!
808 State have nearly completed work on their new album and plan to release it next year, NME.COM can reveal.

The Manchester collective, who were pioneers of UK dance music, will release the as-yet-untitled record through Circus Records in early 2002.

Collaborations completed so far include tracks with Guy Garvey of Pharcyde, Alabama 3 and Simian.

NME.COM understands that a track featuring Ian Brown has also been recorded and may yet emerge on the album, and that they are keen to work with Billy Corgan. Corgan has long been a fan, and this year toured and recorded with Mancunian act New Order.

808 State's last major release was 1996's 'Don Solaris', which included 'Lopez', a collaboration with James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire of MOP.

In the intervening period, the group's Darren Partington has been working with Manchester band Jeep, which also includes former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, as well as Paul 'Wags' Wagstaff, former lead guitarist with Happy Mondays.

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