808 State have nearly completed work on their new album and plan to release it next year, NME.COM can reveal.
The Manchester collective, who were pioneers of UK dance music, will release the as-yet-untitled record through Circus Records in early 2002.
NME.COM understands that a track featuring Ian Brown has also been recorded and may yet emerge on the album, and that they are keen to work with Billy Corgan. Corgan has long been a fan, and this year toured and recorded with Mancunian act New Order.
In the intervening period, the group’s Darren Partington has been working with Manchester band Jeep, which also includes former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, as well as Paul ‘Wags’ Wagstaff, former lead guitarist with Happy Mondays.