Electronica act the Prodigy is finally starting to firm up information about its long-awaited follow-up to 1997's "The Fat of the Land."

Electronica act the Prodigy is finally starting to firm up information about its long-awaited follow-up to 1997's "The Fat of the Land." A spokesperson confirms the tentatively titled "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned" is now due for release in spring/summer 2004. It had been rumored that the album could be released earlier, possibly even this year.

"Recording of the album started about four months ago," frontman Liam Howlett says in a statement. "Intentions are to deliver the new album shortly after the New Year. Single release will precede a spring/summer album release date."

Sessions for a new album were said to have begun as far back as 2001. In July 2002, Prodigy released the single ""Baby's Got a Temper." The XL/Mute/Maverick cut debuted at No. 21 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, and has been the only piece of new music the threesome has released in recent years. The group has been vague as to whether or not "Baby" will appear on a new album.

The song was unveiled to North American audiences at the 2002 Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival in Indio, Calif. The group followed that performance with a string of festival dates and one-off appearances.

Prodigy's last studio set, 1997's "The Fat of the Land," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Firestarter" reached No. 30 on Billboard's Hot 100 while "Smack My Bitch Up" peaked at No. 89.