Hear ‘Eminent Sleaze’ from Steven Wilson’s new album, The Future Bites

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Steven Wilson has revealed the final track listing for his forthcoming album The Future Bites and made available a new song from it, ‘Eminent Sleaze’, which will be issued on CD and vinyl in October.

‘Eminent Sleaze’ is the second song from the album to be released, after ‘Personal Shopper’ was revealed earlier this year. That was pre-pandemic and at that point the album was scheduled for a June release, but almost inevitably this was pushed back and the release date is now January next year.

This new single will be made available physically as a limited edition 12-inch for this year’s third and final Record Store Day ‘drop day’ on 24 October. A limited edition CD single will also be released on the same day (non-RSD, presumably), along with a very limited merchandise bundle available for 24 hours only. Both CD and 12-inch feature two exclusive tracks recorded during the album sessions: ‘Eyewitness’ and ‘In Floral Green’.

As well as CD, various coloured vinyl editions and a cassette, The Future Bites will be as a limited edition deluxe box set that contains CDs of the album, an instrumental version of the album, bonus material (including 6 additional songs and several reworked versions of album tracks, among them a 19 minute extended mix of Personal Shopper), a cassette of demos and a Blu-Ray featuring videos and Steven Wilson’s own 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of the album. The box is only available via Steven’s own store.

The Future Bites will be released on 29 January 2021. What do you think of ‘Eminent Sleaze’? Leave a comment.

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40 responses to Hear ‘Eminent Sleaze’ from Steven Wilson’s new album, The Future Bites

  1. Phil Morris says:

    For some reason, the comment I attempted to post last evening doesn’t seem to have registered. I thought that as well as people wishing to know that Burning Shed stocking the CD single, the official Wilson US store (Merchbar) has the Eminent Sleaze vinyl available to pre-order. And for “only” £12. Still makes something of a mockery of both the CD price and the RSD concept.

  2. Marcus says:

    I’m surprised and dismayed that even the normally sane and critical-minded people frequenting this eminent site do not get that the cd single “sold out” and price tag thing is all part of SW’s plan for this project. I mean, this is a concept that centers on consumerist trends, hyping releases to death and propaganda – it’s blatantly obvious that this is EXACTLY the responses he’s looking for – we’re all part of a giant lab experiment that examines the hype and propaganda and fake news culture. Absolutely brilliant if you ask me.

    • Phil Morris says:

      “Absolutely brilliant” to charge £10 at a time when many people are facing extreme financial uncertainty? And don’t give us the “you don’t have to buy it…” shtick. Not on this website with a cult artist such as Wilson.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        CD singles are normally about £7, maybe £8 and are always bad value compared to CD albums. Yes, it’s probably a couple of quid more than it should be, but do we want to encourage artists to release physical product or not? It does have two exclusive songs on it and not some dubious remixes. Also Steven Wilson hasn’t released either of his last two albums as ‘deluxe editions’ 9 months later with bonus tracks on them, which everyone complains about. Anyone unlucky enough to be facing extreme financial uncertainty at the moment has got bigger things to worry about than Steven Wilson CD singles.

  3. Tim Darbyshire says:

    Eminent Sleaze cd now on Burning Shed website – as is the Future Bites box set.

  4. Marcel says:

    When the tickets for TFB live shows went on sale there was an offer for a limited edition tour vinyl of the new album. I went for it. Then corona happened and the tour was cancelled. I am supposed to be refunded for the tour tickets but no word about the exclusive tour vinyl. I have asked ticketmaster about this but they don’t reply. I can see that they have more pressing matters at hand…

  5. charlie d says:

    I really appreciate Steven’s attention to detail and production. It’s like Trevor Horn in a way, you’re always treated to an interesting journey.

  6. Revco says:

    KING GHOST was briefly released which I have. That makes 3 tunes. I did grab the limited DELUXE BOX SET of The Future Bites and the cassette. To the bone was okay and these 3 tracks continue that feel.

  7. Michael says:

    “Eminent Sleaze” reminds me of “Rock On” from David Essex mixed with a little Curtis Mayfield. Although I really like Porcupine Tree and SW’s other solo work, I really don’t know what to make of this funkier side of Steven Wilson.

  8. CJ Feeney says:

    Can anyone clarify if the two non album tracks here are among the 4 bonus tracks in the Deluxe box? The website doesn’t list them.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      No, because they are described as ‘exclusive’, which normally means you can’t get them anywhere else.

      • CJ Feeney says:

        Now that the actual tracklisting is available on Burning Shed, that definitively answers my question – they aren’t in the deluxe edition.

  9. Paolo says:

    Do you think “Eminent Sleaze” cd single will be available again? or maybe sold by other shops like Burning Shed?

  10. CJ Feeney says:

    Will the exclusive merchandise bundle involve cans of air etc.

    The campaign for this albun is really terrible from an artist that fans think of as all about the quality of the music, and usually pretty good with physical music releases.

  11. Tyler says:

    Fantastic track! Can’t wait for the album!

  12. Rick says:

    Sounds oddly similar to Nino Ferrer’s ‘Looking For You’ on Le Sud his 1974 album with the model Radiah.

  13. Phil Morris says:

    Well, this is an interesting “concept”: a 3 track CD single costing more than its parent album and not going on sale for another month has apparently already sold out. I’ve been with Wilson on this project so far (and since 1993) but this leaves me, at best, irritated. If this is part of the idea behind TFB, he should have thought out this element a little more coherently in his position as a collector himself.

  14. Martin Farnworth says:

    Thought it worked as a jingle on the Wilson/Bowness podcast. This is OK, slightly unexpected but leaves me a little cold. Feels a bit contrived as in Wilson trying something different for the sake of not resting on his laurels. That’s fine but can’t see myself listening much.

  15. CJ says:

    I seem to remember not really liking “Personal Shopper,” but this track is pretty good. Good enough that I’m going to go back and try out “Personal Shopper” again and see if maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it at the time.

  16. Neil Hunt says:

    Just went to buy the CD single and it’s already sold out! I’m very disappointed. Hope the B-sides get onto download stores.

    • Kiki_ says:

      Very disappointed too ! Already sold out after 24h ? is it a joke ? Doesn’t anyone care about people who still buy physical ?

  17. Steve Hurley says:

    Clicked on the CD single pre-order link literally a couple of minutes after it appeared on Twitter, went to checkout & it said item(s) not available?? Is this all part of the TFB* masterplan to create hype & demand for unnecessary consumer products during a global pandemic? Tad pricey for a CD single with only 3 tracks mind you..

  18. Eamonn says:

    How does Wilson continue to look a sprightly 39 rather than 50-odd? Vegetables? Face-care routine?

  19. Francois says:

    This is a very nicely done take at soul funk. You could argue it w ou ils have fit with any 70’s TV series such as Starsky & Hutch. The two available tracks seem to show the album will be a travel trough time, (eminent sleeze behing very 70’s and personal shopper very 2000’s) which suits the title..
    I for myself felt a “Papa was a rolling Stone” vibe in the eminent sleeze track.

  20. James Agates says:

    I gave up on SW after the last album — I really don’t like the direction he’s headed in. He deserves all the success he’s getting but as an old school Porcupine Tree fan he’s slowly lost me.

  21. Tcf says:

    to be honest – I’m not too enthusiastic about the album depending on what I have heard so far.

  22. Colin Harper says:

    Is it only me who hears David Essex’s ‘Rock On’ in there? :-)

  23. Ed Jones says:

    Anyone who has listened to Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness’ brilliant podcast series “The Album Years” (highly recommend it to everyone – it’s very entertaining and is a fantastic introduction to slightly less well-known albums from certain years) will recognise the main riff in this track.

    I think it sounds a bit like The The. What does everyone else think?

    I am shuddering at the prospect of the RSD bunfight and subsequent eBay scalping that will inevitably result from issuing this in limited edition form…

    • Phil Morris says:

      There was no difficulty picking up How Big The Space (nor The Raven pic disc which was cheap long after its RSD release) so I wouldn’t worry. Especially given that many of his fanbase seem to be disowning him. (Just like so many did on hearing the first two advance tracks from H.C.E: do they never learn?)

    • Veesoo says:

      Yep. First thing that came to my mind. Late The The
      (But MJ sounded miles darker and inventive…..)

  24. Blade Runner says:

    This will annoy a lot of SW Fans.

  25. SimonP says:


    The CD single costs the same as the album, so he can stick that where the sun don’t shine!

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