Faithless promised to continue after Maxi Jazz's death (Photo: Getty)

Nineties dance group Faithless have announced that they will soon release new music, following the death of longtime vocalist Maxi Jazz.

The dance duo, formed in 1995, currently consists of founding members Sister Bliss and Rollo. They announced their bandmate's death in December 2022, calling him a “beautiful person” and a “genius.”

Faithless hit the big time almost from the start, with their single Insomnia becoming a huge club and chart hit in 1995 – the song was re-released in 2005 and remained in the UK charts for a period of 20 years.

They became legends of the UK club scene and Maxi's death at the age of 65 was mourned across the industry. But now, 18 months later, Faithless promises to keep going, saying she's returning to the studio.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, they said: 'We're back… Maxi just died and we obviously miss him every day… In the meantime, we never stopped making music.'

Unfaithful statement

Faithless announced their return (Photo: Facebook)

'We are returning to festival stages over the summer. We are very nervous, but also very excited. We know the show has to be something special.

'[It’s] a celebration of our past, our musical loves, the man himself and, of course, our musical future”, they added, paying tribute to Maxi, who led the band between 1995 and 2012 and again from 2016.

They then teased new music, promising fans that they were back in the studio, likely working on their first album since 2020, when they released All Blessed amid the Covid pandemic.

Faithless were one of the biggest dance bands of the 90s and 2000s (Photo: Redferns)

'We will also be releasing new music. We're actually in the studio as we write this. See you soon. Much love, Rollo and Bliss,” they said.

As of now there is no official release date for another album, but words from Rollo and Sister Bliss have indicated that an album could be ready within the next 12 months.

In the comments, fans were eager to send their best wishes to the group's surviving members. Elinor said: 'Maxi is always with you in spirit. You will be amazing as always. Sending love and light.

Maxi Jazz of Faithless performs on stage at O2 Academy Brixton

Maxi Jazz died 'peacefully in his sleep' aged 65 (Photo: Redferns)

Teet commented: 'That's so good to hear. God bless Faithless, soundtrack of my life. I've seen a situation where random guys were near my car in the parking lot and Faithless was playing on my speakers. The guys automatically started dancing casually without even realizing it.

Maxi, whose real name was Maxwell Fraser, was buried in south London in January 2023 – the funeral ceremony was private at the request of his close friends and family.

Although fans were unable to attend the event, the band thanked everyone for their support: “We would also like to thank everyone for all the beautiful messages, incredible art and love for Maxi that you shared. They are extremely appreciated. We all depend on each other.

In addition to their smash hit Insomnia, Faithless also scored six other UK Top 10 hits and achieved three UK number one albums between 2004 and 2015.

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