Shaun Ryder has announced a new solo album ‘Visits From Future Technology’ for August 20th release on his new SWRX Recordings label. The albums first single ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ is out today.
Who would have that in 2021 that Shaun Ryder would have become a National Treasure, one of the greatest living Englishmen and UK music’s great survivor? The Happy Mondays were game-changers, Black Grape were a celebration and his endless TV work and books have now cemented his iconic status.
Whilst spring cleaning during Covid and digging deep into his archives he found an unreleased solo album down the back of the sofa. Of course, it turns out to be one of his best records and is stuffed full of the classic wonk pop, insidious melodies and killer grooves that bring the funk. It’s a pick n mix of styles from mischievous pop chops, hip-swinging bass, desert guitars and Stones swagger brought into a full Polaroid swagger by the upbeat, darkly funny, Day-Glo music that will soundtrack this summer.
Every track sounds like a hit single. They are either missives from a former dangerous life, observations of the surrounding madness or a current sharp focus that finds the magic in the mundane, the poetry in the gutter and the warp on the wild side. The poet laureate of the dispossessed, Shaun is a wordsmith whose lyrics document these times and saw the late and great Anthony Wilson rightfully proclaim his poetic genius.
‘In my delusional ADHD brain, it’s my Sgt. Pepper full of different flavoured songs’ – Shaun Ryder
As ever the new album sees lyrics that are darkly funny or deliciously deranged, full of a hard-earned wisdom and great turns of phrase and humour and sung in that compulsive leering Salford lilt that help to make this one of the albums of the year’ – John Robb
Listen to ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ – BELOW:
1. MUMBO JUMBO
2. CLOSE THE DAM
3. POP STARS DAUGHTERS
5. HONEY PUT THE KETTLE ON
6. CRAZY BITCHES
7. STRAIGHTEN ME UP
8. I CAN STOP ANYTIME
9. ELECTRIC SCALES
10. TURN OFF THE AIR
11. CLUBBING RABBITS
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