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RETURN OF THE MAC!

And NME.COM can also reveal a collaboration between the Echo & The Bunnymen frontman and David Bowie is on the cards...

IAN McCULLOCH is to record with COURTNEY LOVE, NATALIE IMBRUGLIA, FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS on a solo album for JEEPSTER records.

And a collaboration with David Bowie could also be on the cards, NME.COM can reveal.

The Echo & The Bunnymen frontman is set to ink a deal with Jeepster, home to Belle And Sebastian and Snow Patrol, next week.

A spokesperson for the label told NME.COM that recording had not yet begun, but described Mac's songs for the session as a "fantastic return to form" and "modern sounding".

He said: "It sounds great. The Fun Lovin' Criminals song, it's not hip hop but it's a bit modern, it's the best stuff he's done yet."

It is thought he will work on two songs with Courtney Love, while the Natalie Imbruglia connection came about after he sent a song to her, and she replied that she was interested in recording a duet.

He continued that Mac has been writing with Bobby Bluebell [of The Bluebells, '80s Scots pop combo whose hits included 'Young At Heart' and 'Cath']. Coldplay producer Ken Nelson had been discussed as a possible name to work on some tracks. It is anticipated the album could be finished by September, and he is likely to tour during the summer.

"The gigs will probably be 500-700 capacity venues, maybe about half a dozen of those," the spokesperson added.

Echo & The Bunnymen are currently signed as a band to the Cooking Vinyl label, but Mac insisted that he retain the freedom to pursue his solo project.

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