frontman Damon Albarn
has revealed plans to record his first ever solo album.
He's been working with XL Records head honcho Richard Russell
on the album. "We worked together on the Bobby Womack record, and really enjoy working together,"
Albarn told Rolling Stone
. "He's done spectacularly well as a music mogul, but I think he wants to focus his energy on producing records.
"Making a solo record is can be such a disaster, so I thought if we're going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it take that responsibility away from myself. Richard does the kind of rhythmic side of it and I do everything else."
If you're worried that Albarn's new album commitments means the long-rumored Blur record has been put on hold, don't fret; the band recently reignited the project
while touring in Hong Kong, though it's not clear if anything productive came from the sessions.
(Blur) have got a couple of occasions when we're stuck in the middle of nowhere,"
he said. "So we might make the record in a week. If we can, it would be nice."
Meanwhile, Albarn says his solo live show will be special for fans of his back catalog, whether they love Blur, Gorillaz or one of his more niche side-projects. "When I tour that, I'll play stuff from all my different bands,"