Shaun Ryder shares ‘Close The Dam’ and ‘Electric Scales’ from new solo single – listen

Happy Mondays man releases first solo work in over a decade

Happy Mondays man Shaun Ryder has released a surprise new single.

The 12″ white label vinyl is Ryder’s first solo release in over a decade and has been issued under his moniker SWR (Shaun William Ryder). It comprises two songs, ‘Close The Dam’ and ‘Electric Scales’, released via Something In Construction.

Stream the two tracks below. The single is available physically and via iTunes.

Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape recently announced new live dates.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’, the band will tour the UK and Ireland for a series of shows during June and July. Shaun Ryder previously reunited the group in April 2010, playing what was at the time their first gig in 12 years at London’s Coronet.

The band played a comeback show earlier last month (April 11) in support of Bez‘s All Star Reality Party election campaign. The sold-out 700-capacity homecoming show took place at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester and saw the group perform 11 songs, including ‘Reverend Black Grape’, ‘Tell Me Something’ and ‘Get Higher’.

Black Grape will play:

Glasgow Garage (June 3)
Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (4)
Middlesborough The Venue (5)
Doncaster Diamond Live Lounge (6)
Derby The Venue (8)
Bilston Robin 2 (10)
Cambridge The Junction (11)
Bristol Bierkeller (14)
Southampton The Brook (15)
Dublin Academy (19)
Belfast Limelight (20)
Donegal Sea Sessions (21)
London The Forum (26)
Brighton Concorde (27)
Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms (July 1)
Manchester Academy (3)
Shetlands Mareel (4)
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom (5)
Newcastle Riverside (10)
Leeds Stylus (11)
Warrington Parr Hall (12)