Danger Mouse can add U2 to a list of recent collaborators that already includes Cee-Lo and Sparklehorse. U2 frontman Bono revealed that the band has three albums in the works, and apparently the one featuring Danger Mouse will be a priority due to the chemistry between the unlikely collaborators.
“We have about 12 songs with him,” Bono told Theage.com in a recent interview. “At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next, because it's just happening so easily.”
Danger Mouse isn’t strictly a Hip Hop producer, but he has worked with Cee-Lo on two Gnarls Barkley projects as well as his unofficial Jay-Z/Beatles mash-up, The Grey Album. U2 has recently worked with Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz and Rihanna on the song “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour).”
The two other U2 albums will likely be more dance-oriented, featuring Lady Gaga producer Red One, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta. Both will.i.am and Guetta have been at the forefront of the recent Electro/Pop fusion with R&B via their work with Kelis, Akon, Kelly Rowland and others.
“U2’s remixes in the 1990s were a real treasure,” Bono added. “So we wanted to make a club sounding record. We have a pile of songs.”