Should you happened to have stumbled across Daddy G and the boys at their sterling 2008 performance at their own Meltdown Festival at the South Bank (and any subsequent live date afterwards), you will have heard them perform a few of these 'new' tracks and salivated at the thought of a new album. That dream seems to have become a reality with the announcement of said new album, plus a few dates popping up on the horizon.
Their 2010 dates kick-off in Newport at the Newport Centre on February 8th, continue to Brighton's Dome on Feb 9th and finish up at the Hammersmith HMV Apollo on Feb 11th. Tickets are £28.50 for Newport and Brighton and £31.15 for the London date. A proportion of the proceeds will go to The Hoping Foundation, a charity that "provides grants to grassroots community associations working in the refugee camps. They give these children the rare opportunity to play and express themselves through art, photography, film, music, theatre, dance and sport".
The new album is entitled 'Heligoland' and will be released on February 8th 2010 and features collaborations with Horace Andy, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey, Damon Albarn and Hope Sandoval. The 10-tracker includes recent single 'Splitting The Atom' (out now on download) which, to these ears, is a step back towards the 'Mezzanine' period. To hear samples of selected album tracks and remixes, visit the band's website. Sounding good to me, though.