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SMACK MY BEACH UP

New song gets [B]'Brutal'[/B] on yer ass...

NEW ORDER have recorded their first new song in more than six years for the soundtrack to the forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach based on the bestseller by Alex Garland.

The band completed the track, which has the working title of 'Brutal', in their Manchester studios last week with help from producer Rollo of Faithless. All Saints have also recorded a track for the film after teaming up with producer Nellee Hooper.

A New Order spokesperson said that it wasn't clear whether or not the song recorded for The Beach would be released as a single, or what prominence it would have in the film as the project, co-ordinated by Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong on behalf of London Records, was in the early stages.

However, she added the band had gone back into the studio to record a new album: "The band are all getting on brilliantly and things are going really well. They just want to start as soon as possible as they're all really excited about doing new stuff."

The LP is scheduled for release next year and will be their first since May 1993's 'Republic'. Their last single, 'Spooky', came out in December 1993.

Meanwhile, news is expected soon about the future of Peter Hook's band Monaco now that guitarist David 'Pottsy' Potts has joined Oasis and the band have been dropped by London Records.

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