Alex James reveals that Blur have another album’s worth of material from Hong Kong sessions

Bassist claims that Damon Albarn had "26 or 27" song ideas from 'The Magic Whip' studio time

Blur bassist Alex James has revealed that the band are sitting on enough material to release another new album, having only used half of the tracks they wrote for ‘The Magic Whip’.

The Britpop group recently returned for their first album in 12 years, with ‘The Magic Whip’ released this week (April 27). While the album included 13 songs (including its Japanese edition bonus track), James has now revealed that there is plenty more material in the vaults.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, James states that Albarn had “26 or 27” song ideas formulated before their recording sessions in Hong Kong.

However, James says not to expect a follow-up any time soon. He said: “Nobody knew the answer to the question ‘Will Blur make a new album?’ for 12 years, so it’s incredible [that] everyone is asking again already.

“Whether any other stuff from [the Hong Kong sessions] will ever emerge, who knows? But coming up with new music has never been Blur’s problem. If you get the four of us in the studio in the right frame of mind, we’ll always make new music.”

Continuing to describe their new LP as “an unexpected baby late in Blur’s marriage”, James admitted that “for many reasons, Blur is always in danger of drifting apart”.

Alex James also recently admitted that there was “ill feeling” between he and his bandmates before their reunion. James told the Irish Independent: “There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn’t call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile.”

Blur will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and Benicàssim festival in Spain.

Drummer Dave Rowntree has claimed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.

Watch Blur discuss ‘The Magic Whip’ in a video interview below.
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