Metronomy are working on a fifth album with the help of Mix Master Mike – the legendary DJ who worked on several of the Beastie Boys’ biggest his.
The album, which has not yet been given a name, is being written as a sequel of sorts to the band’s 2008 effort ‘Nights Out’, which frontman Joe Mount once described as as “a half-arsed concept album about going out and having a crap time”.
“I just wanted to make an uptempo record,” he told this month’s edition of Q Magazine. “I wanted to try and do another record that captures that fading memory of being a bit younger and going to clubs, but with the confidence I didn’t have then.”
Mix Master Mike, aka Michael Schwartz, is one of the most respected DJs in the world, and a longterm collaborator with the Beastie Boys. He’s worked on several of their studio albums, including ‘Hello Nasty’ and ‘To The 5 Boroughs’, and accompanied them on their stadium tours until bandmate Adam Yauch’s untimely death of cancer at 47 in 2012. Since then he’s released music of his own, including last year’s album ‘The Magma Chamber’.
Mount told Q that Mike has contributed a scratch break to a track on the new album called ‘Old Skool’, a song about not recognising anyone at a party.
The band’s most recent record, ‘Love Letters’, was released in 2014. Metronomy’s fifth album should be released later this year.