The hip-hop producer lends his beats for a most unlikely collaboration…

One of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century has teamed up with DR DRE to bring some ‘cutting edge’ to his music.

The hip-hop producer has created the beats to three tracks on Burt Bacharach’s next album, which is due for release in 2005.

Bacharach – who has a songwriting career of over 50 years – told the Denver Post: “It’s a challenging, freeing feeling to take an existing format — like these rigid, four-bar loops — and to see what you can write on top of it.”

He added: “It’s hard and challenging too, because it does have some restrictions.”

The release will mark the first album of new original songs from Bacharach since 1977’s ’Futures’. Best known for penning for [a][/a], Dionne Warwick and The Carpenters, the songwriter has worked with Elvis Costello and Noel Gallagher in recent years – as well as appearing in cameo role for the ‘Austin Powers’ films.

Bacharach will release the album through Sony England after the label approached the star about doing a “cutting edge” record.

He said: “I had got together with Dre about a year and a half ago and talked about doing something for the album that we never did. Then he gave me the loops, and when I decided to do this album for Sony England, it seemed a natural fit.”

The legend however is keen to dismiss any rumours that he’s making a hip-hop album, describing the new music as tapping into his jazz and classical roots.

According to MTV News, a spokesperson for a href=”http://drdre.nme.com”>Dr Dre had no comment on the collaboration with Bacharach.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Dr Dre has said that his next album – ’The Detox’ – will be his final LP.