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Norman Cook spills the beans about working with artists such as Macy Gray and Bootsy Collins...

Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, has compared working with live vocalists such as Macy Gray to “taking your clothes off in front of them”.

As previously reported on nme.com, Cook uses live vocalists for the first time on his forthcoming new album ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’, released on November 6 through Skint. Macy Gray provides vocals on two of the tracks, ‘Demons’ and ‘Love Life’, while legendary bassist Bootsy Collins also plays on the album track ‘Weapon Of Choice’.

Speaking to US website www.mtv.com, Cook said that he had never been comfortable unless working alone. He said: “A lot of it just has to do with shyness. Writing a song with someone or working in the studio is a bit like taking your clothes off in front of them. You have to sort of (vocally coach) them, and you can’t be embarrassed to sort of try things out with them. So if it’s a stranger, especially somebody who you really respect, it’s very difficult to go into the studio with them and do anything creative.”

Cook added that longtime friends The Chemical Brothers persuaded him to call Macy Gray, and after she agreed, everything “happened so quickly, before I had time to get shy about it. From talking about it to finishing it, it was like two weeks.”

nme.com has the full video for ‘Sunset (Bird Of Prey)’, the first single from ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’. ‘Sunset (Bird Of Prey)’ is released on October 16.

To see the full video, [url=]click here.