Paul Van Dyk Goes Another Way For Third Solo Disc

Enlists Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell for vocals on upcoming album's lead single.

Singer Sarah Cracknell of veteran dance-pop trio Saint Etienne will appear on the upcoming Paul Van Dyk single, due May 9.

"Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" is the highly anticipated first release from Van Dyk's third album, Out There And Back, due June 6 on Mute.

Coincidentally, Saint Etienne will release their fifth album, Sound of Water, the same day.

Van Dyk, a German techno producer and club DJ since the late '80s, scored critical acclaim in 1996 with his second album, Seven Ways, which featured several club and chart hits. "Another Way" (RealAudio excerpt), his epic trance anthem from last year, established Van Dyk as one of the world's most popular techno producers and most sought-after DJs.

Cracknell's solo debut, Lipslide, was recorded during a Saint Etienne hiatus and released in the UK in 1997. A mix of mellow house grooves and pop ballads, the album was re-released in the U.S. last year and garnered substantial critical praise.

Saint Etienne, formed by childhood friends Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, became an underground sensation in early-'90s England with their cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (RealAudio excerpt). Cracknell joined the group in 1991 prior to the release of their debut album, Fox Base Alpha. The group released the EP Places to Visit on Sub Pop in 1999.