Current line-up consists of Scorpio and Melle Mel, and will be touring in May and June
Some news today that's sure to get the hip-hop heads salivating: Grandmaster's Furious 5 ft Melle Mel & Scorpio are to release their first new music in three decades.
As the name (kinda) suggests, the band currently consists of Melle Mel and Scorpio - ie, there's no Grandmaster Flash, Kid Creole or Raheim (the other surviving members of the original six-piece Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five line-up). But that'll do for the time being!
If you're expecting a retro offering in the same vein as those classic early 80s Sugar Hill cuts like The Message and White Lines, though, think again. Instead, you'll find squawling Hendrix-esque guitars and a chorus that treads the fine line between rock, pop and soul... it's at track that recalls the psychedelic soul of Sly & The Family Stone and the funk-rock of Red Hot Chili Peppers et al, as much as it does the classic sound of the late 70s/early 80s Bronx.
The single's out on 27 May, and will be promoted by a full UK and Ireland tour, the dates for which can be seen below. We're told there'll be further dates in Southampton, Surrey, Liverpool and Ireland, but the venues for those haven't yet been confirmed…
The Live Room, Manchester (28 May)
Tramshed, Cardiff (31 May)
The Waterfront, Norwich (1 June)
Warehouse 23, Wakefield (2 June)
Hard Rock Café, Glasgow (3 June)
Liquid Room, Edinburgh (4 June)
Riverside, Newcastle (5 June)
The Venue, Derby (7 June)
The Assembly, Leamington Spa (8 June)
The Mable Factory, Bristol (9 June)
O2 Academy Islington, London (12 June)