Arctic Monkeys releasing James Ford-produced album this year

Alex Turner and co have already started work on album four

Arctic Monkeys have started work on their fourth album with producer James Ford – and are hoping to release it later this year.

NME understands that the Sheffield four-piece started sessions at the end of 2010 in London, and are continuing work on it in Los Angeles.

Alex Turner and co are reportedly hoping to release the album in late spring at the earliest.

The new record will be the follow-up to their 2009 effort ‘Humbug’, which was co-produced by Ford along with Josh Homme. His other production credits include the band’s second album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, Klaxons‘Myths Of The Near Future’ and work on Florence And The Machine‘s ‘Lungs’.

The band are already confirmed to headline Ireland’s Oxegen Festival in July and are expected to be confirmed for V Festival as well as further UK events.

Arctic Monkeys are featured in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands from tomorrow (12) or available digitally.

The issue previews the 60 most exciting albums of 2011, also featuring The Strokes, Kasabian, Glasvegas, Beady Eye, La Roux, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and 52 other acts, with in-the-studio reports and photos.

Blog – which albums are you most looking forward to hearing in 2011?

Photo gallery – in-the-studio and beyond with the acts releasing new albums this year