MSTRKRFT is ready for a comeback. After returning from a five-year hiatus in March with the single “Little Red Hen,” the Canadian dance duo has announced that their new album, Operator, will be out July 22 via Last Gang. They also released a single, “Party Line,” now available for streaming.
“Party Line” is a fun track comprised of blaring synths, demanding vocals and an incredibly catchy chorus. It features vocals from Nation of Ulysses/the Make-Up/Chain and the Gang’s Ian Svenonius, all of whom brought the track to life. “We had a really strong instrumental piece with the working title ‘Party Line’ that demanded a vocal with a certain swagger,” MSTRKRFT co-founder Al-P told Billboard. “Ian was able re-contextualize the title and make it work with the lyrics he wrote, which became something we connected with personally, and fit perfectly with the entire album as a body of work.”
The group has been open about the new album and what to expect. In an interview with mxdwn last month, Al-P stated that a common theme within Operator is “being creative with very few elements,” and “Little Red Hen” was a prime example of this. The group released their last album, Fist of God, in 2009 while it has been a decade since their debut, The Looks. MSTRKRFT will soon embark on a North American tour that will make its way to Demcer, San Francisco, Chicago and several other cities.
Check out the full list of tour dates below, and be sure to pick up Operator when it is released July 22.
MSTRKRFT 2016 Tour Dates
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06/01: Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
06/02: Cambridge, MA – Middle East
06/03: Ottawa, ON – Ritual Night Club
06/04: Chicago, IL – Double Door
06/08: Denver, CO – Club Vinyl
06/10: San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/11: Los Angeles, CA – Exchange