Shaun Ryder has shared details of his first solo album in nearly two decades, ‘Visits From Future Technology’.
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The Happy Mondays frontman will release his second solo effort on August 20 via his new SWRX Recordings label. It will be the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Amateur Night In The Big Top’.
In a statement, Ryder said of his new record: “In my delusional ADHD brain it’s my Sgt. Pepper full of different flavoured songs”.
Fans can head to the singer’s official store to pre-order the album. Also available is an exclusive white signed vinyl, signed digi-pak CD, signed-numbered test pressing (Ltd. 50) and an exclusive Mumbo Jumbo T-Shirt.
‘Visits From Future Technology’ tracklist:
1. ‘mumbo jumbo’
2. ‘close the dam’
3. ‘pop stars daughters’
5. ‘honey put the kettle on’
6. ‘crazy bitches’
7. ‘straighten me up’
8. ‘i can stop anytime’
9. ‘electric scales’
10. ‘turn off the air’
11. ‘clubbing rabbits’
Press material supporting the announcement reads: “Whilst spring cleaning during Covid and digging deep into his archives Shaun found an unreleased solo album down the back of the sofa.
“Of course it turns out to be one of his best records and is stuffed full of the classic wonk pop, insidious melodies and killer grooves that bring the funk. It’s a pick n mix of styles from mischievous pop chops, hip swinging bass, desert guitars and Stones swagger brought into a full Polaroid swagger by the upbeat, darkly funny, Day-Glo music that will soundtrack this summer.”
The news follows Happy Mondays’ hype man Bez revealing last month that Ryder had written new music with Noel Gallagher.
During a Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells interview with NME, the band’s legendary dancer said Ryder has “done a solo album that’s really good” and that he and Gallagher had recorded a song “that’s going to be big”.
“It’s going to be Number One. It’s two Manchester legends singing together and it sounds amazing,” said Bez.