by / June 10th, 2010 /

Richard Ashcroft returns with RPA & The United Nations of Sound

Yep, the former Verve-frontman is back once again this time with a band in tow. RPA & The United Nations of Sound will release their debut album, intriguingly produced by hip-hop producer No-ID (best known for providing beats for Common and Jay-Z) on July 16th through Parlophone.

A number of other interesting players are involved: Benjamin Wright who composed strings on Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Mary J Blige’s guitarist Steve Wyreman

String arrangements are by Benjamin Wright, the man responsible for the strings on Michael Jackson’s -Off The Wall’, Mary J Blige’s guitarist Steve Wyreman contributes and the album is engineered by Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Reggie Dozier ( who has worked with Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye).

The band are touring in June at the dates below. Check out some rehearsal footage with new songs in the audio:

June 2010
Sat 5th Ancona Piazza del Papa
Tue 8th Paris Trabendo
Thurs 10th Berlin Columbia Club
Sat 12th Cologne Gloria
Sun13th Amsterdam Melkweg
Tues 15th Manchester Academy 1
Weds 16th London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire