ASHCROFT EXPERIMENTS WITH CHEMICALS!

The former Verve frontman sings on the new album, which the duo say will "blow your mind"...

CHEMICAL BROTHERS are reported to have enlisted RICHARD ASHCROFT to appear on a track which may feature on their new album.

Speaking in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the dance duo said that Ashcroft was one of the vocalists on the as-yet-untitled new album, which according to Tom Rowlands, will “blow your mind”.

Speaking about progress on the new album, band member Ed Simons said: “(Last album) ‘Surrender”s got great drums and it’s got a front to it, but it’s very much a head record. (The new) record is really a grit thing. The drums are tougher, and the bass really hits you in all the tracks.”

Bandmate Tom Rowlands added: “The thing that really got us into making this record was just making it funky. Maybe nearer our earlier records – just a bit more funk and grit, a bit more spanking sound.”

Ashcroft has guested on dance tracks before, singing on the UNKLE track ‘Lonely Soul’, while the Chemical Brothers are famous for using guest vocalists on their records. Throughout their career, the duo have enlisted the help of Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher, Beth Orton, New Order‘s Bernard Sumner and The Charlatans‘ Tim Burgess.