JAMES have turned once again to Brian Eno to produce the follow-up to 1997’s ‘Whiplash’, Music365 can reveal.
Due for release on Fontana in September, ‘Millionaires’ sees the band working with Eno for the first time since 1993’s ‘Laid’. Already being acclaimed by insiders as “the best album of their 16-year-long career”, ‘Millionaires’ also features contributions from Sinead O’Connor and Jamie Catto from Faithless.
The full tracklisting is: ‘Surprise’, ‘Fred Astaire’, ‘I Know What I’m Here For’, ‘Afro Lover’, ‘If Anybody Hurts You’, ‘Strangers’, ‘Someone’s Got It In 4 Me’, ‘Crash’, ‘Dumb Jam’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Vervacious’.
The album comes on the back of an unexpected new peak in the band’s fortunes generated by the success of 1998’s ‘The Best Of James’ compilation which gave them their first ever Number One album. “We were aware that last year’s success had created an expectation of this record,” says guitarist Saul Davies. “The songs were written just as that was kicking off and it generated a lot of energy. I think we struck a really good balance between being commercial and being interesting and different. We derived enormous encouragement just from Brian Eno being there.”
The first single, ‘I Know What I’m Here For’ is released in late July and will be followed by ‘Fred Astaire’, described as the album’s key track and “the best love song the band has ever written”. The band will unveil material from the new album at the Guildford Festival on July 24. James also appear on TFI Friday on July 2.