Alex James: ‘I love being in the studio with Blur’

Bassist comments following William Orbit's revelation to NME about stalled sessions

Alex James has spoken out on Blur‘s recent recording sessions, saying he “loves” being in the studio with the reunited Britpop band.

Earlier this week, producer William Orbit told NME that he had been in the studio working on new Blur material, but that progress was stalled when frontman Damon Albarn brought the sessions to an abrupt halt.

However, James’ tweet yesterday (May 23) hinted that the sessions were positive. He said:


Offering his take on the sessions, Orbit said: “The new stuff sounded amazing. Then it all stopped suddenly. It was all over with Damon, and the rest of the band were like, ‘Is this it?'”. To read the full story, pick up this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

Orbit had previously hinted that he was recording with the band in a series of tweets. Back in January, he wrote that he was going into the studio with “Damon A”. He later added to the band’s guitarist Graham Coxon: “Loving the guitars you laid down! Vocal session March 3!”, suggesting that the sessions were with Blur and not one of Albarn’s many side-projects.

However, another tweet later suggested the work may have stalled. Replying to a tweet from one fan who asked for Blur news in March, Orbit replied: “Blur could have been good. But Damon, brilliant and talented tho he is, is kinda a shit to the rest of Blur.”

Last month, Albarn denied he was finished with Blur after earlier suggesting that their huge Hyde Park reunion gig to coincide with the close of this summer’s Olympics in August would be their final show. Click below to watch an NME video interview with Graham Coxon talking about the band’s preparations for the show.

The band are due to warm up for the show with a short tour taking in dates in Margate, Wolverhampton and Plymouth, along with headlining Sweden’s Way Out West in the same month.


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