Orbit contributed to the recent Blur remix album ‘Bustin’ And Dronin” and also produced tracks on Madonna’s current Top Ten album ‘Ray Of Light’. The move seems to confirm rumours that the band are moving in a more dance-oriented direction. The Dust Brothers have also been mentioned as producers of some tracks on the album.
Blur won’t be attempting to enter the studio to start the new album until the Football World Cup has ended. They’ve already been working on new song ideas while rehearsing for their Glastonbury performance later this month. A Blur spokeswoman said that Damon already had a batch of new songs written and confirmed that there had been discussions with Orbit.
Meanwhile, Graham Coxon’s debut solo album, ‘The Sky Is Too High’ has been set for an August 10 release on his own Transcopic label. The album is described by Graham as being influenced by Leonard Cohen, Terry Callier, Dinosaur Jr, Yo La Tengo and Nick Drake, among others. He plays every instrument on the album himself, telling NME: “The music ranges from angry and puerile to depressing and rural.” No solo dates are planned.