NORMAN COOK has almost completed the new FATBOY SLIM album featuring DAMON ALBARN, NME.COM can reveal.
Cook has spent the last six months in the studio working on the follow-up to 2000’s ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’, which he says the record will take a more hip-hop direction.
Cook said: “I’ve been locked in the studio for six months working on Fatboy Slim 4 and it’s going really good. It’s quite different from the last few because music has moved on a lot in the last few years. Basically, I’m just experimenting with different sounds and trying not to sound like classic Fatboy. Damon Albarn sings on one track, [/a] sings on another and Lateef from [a] has done some great stuff. The last album had a lot of house on it and this is getting back to my hip-hop roots more. Basically, I’m just not turned on by house music much at the moment. It’s going through a fallow period and I think we need another Daft Punk.”
Cook, who has this year suffered media intrusion into his personal life, has pledged to take a more relaxed approach to his career from now on.
“I haven’t got a working title or release date yet because I really rushed finishing the last album to get it out before Woody was born. So I’m trying to take it easy this time and not give myself a time limit. In fact, It might do me good to wait a bit as I can’t imagine any of the tracks being played on Radio 1 at the moment. The climate just isn’t receptive to the stuff I’m making. I don’t mind. I’ve just turned 40, I don’t need to beat myself up anymore. I’ll just put it out when it’s ready.”