The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has exited longtime home Matador Records and inked with Sanctuary. The first release under the new pact will be “Damage,” due Sept. 29. It features production work from several unlikely collaborators more known for their work in hip-hop and electronica, including DJ Shadow, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and David Holmes.
Also contributing behind the boards were Steve Jordan, who produced JSBX’s 2002 album “Plastic Fang,” and Alan Moulder. The set was recorded in part at drummer Russell Simins’ New York Studio.
Among the guests lending a hand on “Damage” are Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, vocalist Martina Topley Bird and veteran New York post-punk artist James Chance.
The group has begun confirming fall North American tour dates, beginning Nov. 6 in Detroit. Beforehand, JSBX will appear Aug. 6 at Norway’s Notodden Blues Festival, which will also feature the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, among many others.