The London Suede has begun recording sessions for the group's fifth studio album in England with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck). The quintet recently replaced its keyboardist of five years, Neil Codling,

The London Suede has begun recording sessions for the group's fifth studio album in England with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck). The quintet recently replaced its keyboardist of five years, Neil Codling, with his touring stand-in Alex Lee, who has co-written a number of songs reputed to be in contention for the album. No release date is set yet for the follow-up to 1999's "Headmusic" (Nude/Columbia), but a single is expected in the fall.

Lead singer Brett Anderson has also confirmed that he will appear at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown Festival June 24, as part of a tribute to the former Soft Machine drummer and pop renegade. Best known for his cover of Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding," which the London Suede also recorded for the 1995 Warchild charity album "Help," Wyatt is serving as curator of this year's event, to be held at London's Royal Festival Hall June 7-27. Costello is also slated to perform.

"Headmusic" hit No. 25 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart upon its release two years ago. Although two of the London Suede's four albums have debuted at the top of the U.K. charts, and the group has enjoyed a number of top-10 singles in its homeland, it has never approached that commercial success in the States.