New material may be on next Happy Mondays album...

Shaun Ryder is teaming up with Tricky to record material slated for inclusion on the next Happy Mondays album.

The pair, who have been friends for a number of years, decided on the collaboration last month after they both played Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Ryder will fly out next month to join Tricky in his studio in New Jersey, US.


A spokesperson for Ryder told NME: “What they record could appear on a Ryder album or a Tricky album. It just depends on how the tracks go. But I think most of them will probably get used on a Mondays album.

“They’ve been talking about it for ages and now everything’s been cleared with both their managers, so it’s definitely going ahead.”

Meanwhile, Ryder and former drug smuggler Howard Marks will both guest on the next Dope Smugglaz single.

‘Goo Goo Barabajagal’, a cover of a Donovan track, is slated for a September 27 release on Perfecto and will follow their current hit version of Malcolm McLaren‘s ‘Double Dutch’, entitled ‘Double Double Dutch’.

Smugglaz mainman Tim Sheridan said he had taken steps to ensure an optimum performance from Ryder, “It was basically a delicate process over several days which involved getting him so pissed that he didn’t know where he was. And then recording him.”

The Leeds three-piece are now looking to The Beautiful South‘s Paul Heaton to provide vocals for their third single.


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