Collaborative project axed

Legal fears have forced Danger Mouse to postpone the release of his new collaborative project 'Dark Night Of The Soul'.

Without doubt one of the year's most highly anticipated projects, 'Dark Night Of The Soul' had a truly mouth watering cast. Helmed by Danger Mouse and American group Sparklehorse, the two sets of producers managed to coerce a wide range of musical talent to lend their skills.

Amongst the guest vocalists on 'Dark Night Of The Soul' are The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, punk icon Iggy Pop and Welsh psychedelic wizard Gruff Rhys. Astonishingly, the music would be only one part of the project with 'Dark Night Of The Soul' scheduled to be a truly multimedia project.

The album was set to be released with a book featuring photographs by none other than celebrated film maker David Lynch. However due to what Danger Mouse described as an "ongoing dispute" with his label EMI the music will not now be officially released.

The release of the book will go ahead, but will now come with a blank CD bearing a sticker with the message: "For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."

In a statement a spokesperson for Danger Mouse said:

"The photographs provide a visual narrative for the music. They are compiled in a limited edition, hand-numbered, 100 plus page book which will come packaged with a blank, recordable CD-R."

"Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night Of The Soul without fear of legal entanglement."

"Danger Mouse remains enormously proud of Dark Night Of The Soul. He hopes that people are lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, and are as excited by it as he is."

Early editions of the album are now set to become bona fide collector's items. 'Dark Night Of The Soul' was first rumoured earlier this year, with Danger Mouse taking time off from his various projects to help bring the album together.

Aspects of the album streamed for free earlier this month, with fans thrilled by the material. Sadly, it looks as though the record will never be released in its entirety.

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