Fatboy Slim To Make DJ Appearance In NYC

Before Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, drops his new album in November, the DJ plans to drop some fat beats and mixes during a rare performance on September 15 in New York City.

Details about Slim's DJ set, including the venue, won't be released until next week, although the show is expected to be Cook's final North American DJ appearance for the rest of the year.

According to his U.S. handlers, Fatboy Slim is currently finishing up the new album, titled "Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars," at his home studio in Brighton, England (see "Fatboy Slim Sets November Date For 'Stars'").

The first single from the record will be "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)," a track that features vocals lifted from the late Doors singer Jim Morrison. Other guests on the album include soul singer Macy Gray, ex-Parliament Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins, and vocal tenor Roland Clark, who also sang on Armand Van Helden's "Flowerz"

single.

Cook recently indicated that compared with his previous studio effort, 1998's platinum "You've Come A Long Way, Baby," the new record was as divine as the "Stars" title suggests.

"It's a bit more chilled and loved up than the last one," Cook said in statement announcing the new record's release. "A bit less poppy and up-for-it. There aren't as many 'Rockafeller Skanks.' It's a bit more thoughtful and a bit more housey.

"When I started it, I sat there for two months and thought, 'God, what do I do now?' What I did know is that I didn't want it to be another big-beat album. It was quite hard at first, because all I knew is what I didn't want it to sound like. But I soon found a groove. It is almost gospelly, a lot of it. Sort of uplifting."

"Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars" is due out on November 7.