Fatboy Slim has started work on this fourth studio album, but this time his focus has moved on from the big beat and house influences of past albums to...hip-hop. It seems that in between his work on the new Blur album and his overall belief that the dance world is in a state of decline, the man born Norman Cook has decided that hip-hop may be the overriding flavor the album takes. In an interview with London radio station XFM, he stated, "I started it on the first of September. I've done about three days work on it since then, cos other things like the Blur project keep getting in the way. As soon as the Blur thing's done I'm gonna lock myself in the studio."
Discussing the current state of the dance scene, he continued,
"Dance music seems to be going through a fallow period at the moment, and there's not a lot that's turning me on." He does, however, see a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of the aforementioned hip-hop slant. "Although I'm not saying it's gonna be a hip-hop album, I would be surprised if there wasn't a larger rap element in the new album." As the album was just begun in September, we wouldn't expect it to see the light of day until next fall, but we'll keep you in the know.