HE’S ON THE TONE

The resulting album won't be released until late spring 2002 though...

SAINT ETIENNE have been working with GRAND CENTRAL’s AIM (aka ANDY TURNER) on a number of tracks for their next album, NME.COM can reveal.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM this week, St Et‘s Bob Stanley explained toNME.COM that hiphop star Turner had already done a remix of last year’s single ‘How We Used To Live’ and the band took a liking to his languid beat style.

“We wanted to go in a hiphop direction with parts of this album,” he said, “which doesn’t mean we’ll get [lead singer] Sarah (Cracknell) rapping, but just the production

sound which I’m really into at the moment. It’s not as if we haven’t done so before, as ‘Calico’ and ‘Filthy’ covered similar ground.”

Elsewhere, the trio will be working with Sugababes producer Brian Higgins, who also produced Saint Etienne’s 1995 hit ‘He’s On The Phone’. Bob said the new release was “less conceptual, more varied and upbeat” than last year’s acclaimed ‘Sound of Water’. “We’re really pleased with how it’s shaping up,” he said.

He continued: “I’d say it features some of our best stuff yet. But then again, that’s what you’re supposed to say about new albums.”

The trio are still working on new material, and it’s not expected to be released until late spring next year at the earliest. A double Saint Etienne retrospective, ‘Smash The System – Singles and More’, was released last month.