hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #28 The Prodigy
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today it's The Prodigy...
A Little Background…
The Prodigy must rank as one of the most important dance music acts in history, dragging the genre kicking and screaming from the illegal warehouse parties of the early 90s rave scene onto the stages of festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, with records like Music for the Jilted Generation and the sublime Fat Of The Land.
Following an album like Fat Of The Land was never going to be easy and when its follow-up LP Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned finally arrived after a seven year wait, the reaction was mixed, but with 2009's Invaders Must Die, the Prodigy recaptured some of their best form. Now, five years on, Liam Howlett and Co. are set to return in 2015 with a brand new album, one which Howlett says will “wipe the floor” with the current crop of dance music DJs. Fighting talk...
Talk of a new album was beginning to surface as far back as 2012 and at that point the band had even come with a name for the new LP, How To Steal A Jet Fighter, but then it went quiet for a bit and by July last year Howlett had told the NME that the album would “definitely not be called that”, adding that he had “a new title but you can't have it. It's too early! I've written everything and I'm basically going through each track and making sure they're firing."
So what is called now?
It's going to be called The Day Is My Enemy. The audio for the title track is below.
What Will It Sound Like?
Speaking to Q Magazine recently Howlett described the album's sound as “pure violent energy”, saying that the album is a response to how fomulaic dance music has become. The Day Is My Enemy will, in Howlett's words, be the antithesis to “all that DJ bollocks and tutorials on YouTube shit. This album is totally organic.” Since then they have released the album's first single, 'Nasty', which you can find the video for below.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Howlett will be handling production duties as always, although Flux Pavilion will appear and are credited with production work on a track named “Rhythm Bomb”, while Nottingham post-punk / hip-hop duo Sleaford Mods contribute vocals on 'Ibiza'. You can find the full track list here.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Yep, it's happening, with a release date scheduled for March 30th.