FATBOY’S GRAY DAY

The singer says the material she has recorded with Norman Cook is "wild"...

Macy Gray has confirmed the titles of two tracks she recorded in LA with Fatboy Slim.

The songs are called ‘Where There’s A Way’ and ‘Love Life’, with Gray claiming the new material to be “wild”, and a change in direction from Slim‘s big beat roots.

Speaking to Rolling Stone‘s website [url=]www.rollingstone.com Gray said of ‘Where There’s A Way’: “It’s like a mid-tempo dance tune, the chorus is like gospel, and then there’s like a Hare Krishna sample in it. It’s wild. It’s a trip.”

Gray said the collaboration did not come about by her being approached by representatives of Cook‘s label Skint at rap act Black Eyed Peas‘ show in London on April 8, as was first reported. The plan was in fact hatched at this year’s Brit Awards. She said: “I was going to my table and he came up to me and he said that he wanted to do something together.”

Following the meeting, Cook supplied music to Gray, who then wrote lyrics to the songs, which were recorded in LA over a two day period last Tuesday and Wednesday (April 18-19).

A spokesperson for Cook told nme.com that although both tracks had been recorded, there were no guarantees that both would appear on Fatboy‘s new album. He said: “He’s just getting started really, but he’s back in Brighton now. All I can say is that he is going to be recording tracks across the world.”

As previously reported on nme.com, Fatboy Slim has written 15 songs for his new studio album, which he hopes to release before the end of the year. Cook‘s UK spokesperson also revealed that he is planning to collaborate with other musicians in the forthcoming recording sessions for the follow-up to 1998’s ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’, although not exclusively with vocalists.

Macy Gray provides vocals on ‘Request Line’, a track on the new Black Eyed Peas album ‘Bridging The Gaps’. The album was scheduled to be released on May 29 through Interscope, but has now been delayed until August. Gray also revealed to Rolling Stone that she is working with Gangstarr‘s Guru, and is looking to work with Fleetwood Mac‘s former singer Stevie Nicks in the future.

Gray is also confirmed to play at this year’s T In The Park festival at Balado, near Kinross in Scotland over the weekend of July 8-9, and the V2000 Festival at Weston Park, Staffordshire and Hylands Park, Chelmsford over the weekend of August 19-20.

Other headliners confirmed to play at T In The Park are Ocean Colour Scene, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Travis, while at V2000, headliners include Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller and Travis.

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