Billy Corgan and the Chemical Brothers will guest on pioneering electro-rock group New Order's first album since 1993's Republic.
The former Smashing Pumpkins frontman contributes vocals on a song called "Shipwreck of a Broken Man," according to a source close to New Order. The Chemical Brothers bring beats to an as-yet-untitled track.
The album, due worldwide in early September, is also as-yet-untitled, according to the source.
New Order features singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris all members of the legendary post-punk outfit Joy Division, which came to an end with the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in 1980.
After disbanding for a short time, the trio re-formed under the name New Order. Sumner took over vocals and the group added keyboardist Gillian Gilbert. The group released several classic albums and scored with such singles as "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Blue Monday," which resurfaced when Orgy covered the song in 1998.
New Order finished recording their new album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England, last week, according to the studio manager.
Producer Steve Osborne, who has worked with Paul Oakenfold and U2, is scheduled to finish mixing the album by the end of April. Influential U.K. DJ Pete Tong is also working on production of the record.
"It's awesome, absolutely awesome," Tong said last fall. "They'll come back and be really relevant and contemporary, and surprise a few people and not disappoint Joy Division or New Order fans."
New Order are still deciding on the album's first single, which will be released in mid-July. "Crystal," mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent (Massive Attack, Spice Girls, Depeche Mode), is the early favorite, though "60mph," mixed by David Kahne (Sugar Ray, Sublime) is also a contender. Other tracks on the album include "Dream On" and "Slow Jam."
"It is very modern with loads of guitars," the source said. "It has a lot of interesting sounds. New Order fans might expect it to be keyboard-orientated, but it's not."
New Order are in negotiations to play a handful of West Coast dates with Moby to promote the new album. The band does have one date scheduled July 28 in Japan at the Fuji Rock Festival, which also includes Travis, Oasis, At the Drive-In and Alanis Morissette.
A New Order live DVD, including footage filmed at a New York City show in 1981 and at Britain's Reading Festival in 1998, is scheduled to be released in the U.K. in April and will likely hit the States soon after, the source said.
"Shipwreck of a Broken Man" marks Corgan's first album appearance since the disbandment of the Smashing Pumpkins in December. He is also reportedly working on upcoming albums from Marianne Faithfull and Lisa Marie Presley.