Earlier this evening, MDNA co-producer William Orbit appeared on the BBC World Services program The Strand to discuss his latest projects, including his work with Madonna.

Regarding the album, Orbit explained: “There’s some pretty hard, rocking tracks. There’s a very different variation of…styles. Mostly pretty savage, actually. The singles that have come out aren’t necessarily representative.”

In addition, the producer revealed that he and Madonna are still recording right now: “What she has decided to do is extra acoustic versions,” he said, explaining further: “Downbeat…kind of the banjo and things like that.”

Kind of surprising that they’re still recording now, no? I don’t know exactly how I feel about a banjo (hey, T. Swift!), but let’s hope those downtempo cuts make it onto a special version of the album regardless.

Regarding the singles: I do genuinely enjoy “Girl Gone Wild” (and, to a lesser extent, “Give Me All Your Luvin”), yet I can’t help but admit that I’ve been praying for something musically and thematically…well, more.

While I’ve continued to stand on a soapbox yelling about how Madge has the freedom to sing about poppin’ bottles of Tanqueray in the club and getting silly with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj (which she does!), Orbit’s words are a much-needed reassurance that the contents of MDNA will pack a much harder punch.

Here’s hoping the album’s got plenty more substance (and sonic excellence) in store for us.

A full video of the interview, courtesy of Madonnarama.

MDNA will be released on March 26. (iTunes)