FATBOY THE FOURTH

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Norman Cook has been working with everyone from Damon Albarn to Bootsy Collins...

NORMAN COOK has almost completed the new FATBOY SLIM album featuring DAMON ALBARN, NME.COM can reveal.

Cook has spent the last six months in the studio working on the follow-up to 2000’s ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’, which he says the record will take a more hip-hop direction.

Cook said: “I’ve been locked in the studio for six months working on Fatboy Slim 4 and it’s going really good. It’s quite different from the last few because music has moved on a lot in the last few years. Basically, I’m just experimenting with different sounds and trying not to sound like classic Fatboy. Damon Albarn sings on one track, [/a] sings on another and Lateef from [a] has done some great stuff. The last album had a lot of house on it and this is getting back to my hip-hop roots more. Basically, I’m just not turned on by house music much at the moment. It’s going through a fallow period and I think we need another Daft Punk.”

Cook, who has this year suffered media intrusion into his personal life, has pledged to take a more relaxed approach to his career from now on.

“I haven’t got a working title or release date yet because I really rushed finishing the last album to get it out before Woody was born. So I’m trying to take it easy this time and not give myself a time limit. In fact, It might do me good to wait a bit as I can’t imagine any of the tracks being played on Radio 1 at the moment. The climate just isn’t receptive to the stuff I’m making. I don’t mind. I’ve just turned 40, I don’t need to beat myself up anymore. I’ll just put it out when it’s ready.”