RECONNECTED!

The group return in 2001 with live dates and their first studio album in nine years...

STEREO MC’S will finally return next Spring with a brand new album titled ‘DEEP DOWN AND DIRTY’, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The group, who’ve been in self-imposed exile since touring their hugely successful ‘Connected’ album of 1992, have recorded 12 new tracks at their own studio in Brixton and are preparing to return to the live stage in April.

The dates will precurse the group’s new single and album in May – both called ‘Deep Down And Dirty’ and out through Island.

Explaining the MC’s absence from the public arena, frontman Rob Birch told NME.COM that the band’s exhaustive 18-month tour for the ‘Connected’ album left them too depleted of ideas and burned out to write music.

Birch said: “I think we got a bit frazzled by touring. When we came back off tour we started to make music again but it wasn’t really kicking off for us. I think we just had to stabilise the group, sort out our lives generally – you have to. There was never any question of the band splitting.”

Birch added that a burning desire to play live again had been the impetus behind the new Stereo MC’s recording sessions, which were completed over the last nine months.

For more with Birch about ‘Deep Down and Dirty’, see this week?s Christmas double addition of NME, out in London today (December 18) and nationwide tomorrow (19).