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Damon Albarn talks Blur EP and Dangermouse


Story: Jack Foley

DAMON Albarn is never one to rest on his laurels, but even by his own high standards, life at the moment might seem like, well, a blur!

The talented singer-songwriter has been speaking to Xfm about the forthcoming Blur EP, his latest collaboration with side-project, Gorillaz, and plans to travel to Nigeria to continue his interest in world music.

At present, Albarn is to be found splitting his time between all three, but, according to Xfm, the new Blur EP is the more likely to hit the shops first - marking the band's first new material since the acclaim which greeted Think Tank.

The songs are believed to have been written, although the band is waiting to lay down the tracks, until they reunite with producer, Ben Hillier.

And Albarn has even left the door open for Graham Coxon to return, saying that he could easily put aside their differences, to get him back involved.

Coxon, though, remains upset at his treatment at the time of Think Tank and seems to be concentrating on his solo material.

Another keenly anticipated release, however, is Albarn's return to Gorillaz, particularly given the calibre of people the side project is attracting.

Having previously enlisted the support of rapper, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura and graphic artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz can now add The Bees and infamous remixer, Dangermouse (of DM & Jemini fame) to the fold.

And on the Nigerian side of things, Albarn is preparing to fly out to Africa later this month to work in Fela Kuti's studio, with his drummer, Tony Allen, and other member's of the Afro-beat pioneer's band.

The tracks he is intending to record have been written by himself, and if they measure up to the quality of those found on Mali Music, then expect them to be of a very high calibre.

For IndieLondon fans, though, it's the EP and Dangermouse news that are likely to set pulses racing.

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