New Order leave Warner Music to release tenth album on Mute Records

The Manchester band are 'returning to their independent roots'

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New Order have announced that they will released their tenth studio album on famous independent label Mute Records.

The Manchester band, formed in the Eighties from the remaining members of Joy Division following frontman Ian Curtis’ suicide, have not shared details of their forthcoming record.

Mute’s founder Daniel Miller, however, claims to have heard some fresh songs prior to the signing.

“This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history,” he said in a statement.

“I was invited some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order.”

New Order expressed excitement at the move, adding that “joining the label feels like coming home, returning to our independent roots”. The group released their last album, Lost Sirens, on Warner Music last year.

Other acts to release music on Mute since it was established in 1978 include Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Erasure and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Speculation that New Order could be working with James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem ended earlier this week, when DFA Records tweeted a denial.

The rumour was sparked when New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Tom Chapman seemed to hint in an interview that a collaboration could be in the pipeline.

“I can’t talk about any of that just yet, but there is news, we’re in the process,” Sumner said in response to a question about Murphy.

Sumner’s autobiography, Chapter and Verse (New Order, Joy Division and Me) is due for publication on 25 September.

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