The long-awaited follow-up to '13' is nearly ready...

BLUR only have to mix a handful of songs before completing their new album, NME.COM can reveal.

The long-awaited record, the follow-up to 1999’s ’13’, was started almost a year ago, and has had minimal input from estranged guitarist Graham Coxon.

Now, the band are scheduled to finish the album in Devon. However, ten songs were completed during a recent stint in Morocco, leaving the group with very little left to do.

“We are finishing the record in Devon”, Alex James wrote on www.blur.co.uk. “The gear is en route overland from Morocco as we speak. We’ve got another barn down there. Ten tracks are mixed already. We’ll probably mix another ten and then that’s an album. Won’t be long.”

The currently untitled record is due for release at the start of 2003.