The duo say they're trying a to mix a track a day...

Massive Attack are finally mixing their long-awaited new album – and are today working on two new songs with a 30-piece orchestra.

The long-awaited follow-up to 1998’s ‘Mezzanine’ has suffered setbacks throughout the recording process, with Grant Marshall, aka Daddy G and Robert ‘3-D’ Del Naja trying to whittle down the huge volume of songs they recorded down to a definitive album length.

Last month, rumours of a split circulated after ‘3-D’ revealed that he and Daddy G were in meetings to “discuss the future of the band”.

However, the group are now in a London studio working on mixes of their final tracks. In a new posting, 3-D said that they are attempting to mix one song every day, but joked that given the band’s slow progress so far, this is unlikely.

He wrote: “Second week of mix. Optimistic daydreams of a trak (sic) a day soon fade under the dim glare of studio uplighters. Asian sporting events and unsociable television schedules take their toll.

“Sort of four trax (sic) in – 30 piece string section in on Friday (June 21) post England – Brazil. Nice weather up here in the smoke…ten trax (sic) to mix. A song a day – yeah right! In your fucking dreams my son.”

Their as-yet-untitled record is scheduled for release in September. A single could be released in August.