The head of Blur’s record label has said he hopes the band’s new one-off single for Record Store Day will lead to more fresh material from the reunited rock heroes.
The full line-up went back into the studio for the first time in eight years recently and the resulting song will be available as a seven-inch vinyl single on Saturday.
It will be limited to 1,000 copies and only available from UK independent record shops as part of Record Store Day.
Parlophone Records president Miles Leonard told 6 Music it was “an absolutely wonderful summer tune”.
“I think it encapsulates all the sum of the parts of that band,” he said. “They sound as competent and as strong as they’ve ever sounded before.
“At this point we were just really pleased to hear that they wanted to go in and record this. And who knows, from the reaction to this song, what will come in the future.
“I just hope that from hearing a song like this that the band feel there’s more in them. We certainly do as a label and I’m sure when fans hear this they’ll think the same.”
"Damon’s lyrics are as poignant as they’ve ever been."
Parlophone president Miles Leonard
Mr Leonard, one of a handful of people to have heard the song, said: “Graham’s guitar lines just sound so simplistic and easy, and Alex’s bass lines just drift through the track, very groove-based.
“And Damon’s lyrics are as poignant as they’ve ever been. There’s personal comment and social comment within the song – this is something very special and I think the Blur fans out there are going to absolutely love what they hear.”
The label was originally planning to release a live track from one of the group’s reunion shows last year, Mr Leonard said. But the band decided they wanted to “give something a little bit more” for the cause.
“As far as we were aware after the live shows, certainly for the time being, there wasn’t any talk of going back into the studio,” he explained.
“Does it come as a surprise? No, but I think the idea probably came from us approaching them to do something for Record Store Day and that probably prompted the band to think, you know what, let’s give them something special.”
The Blur single is one of a series of limited seven inches being released by Parlophone.
There will also be rare and exclusive singles from The Beatles, Bat For Lashes, the Pet Shop Boys, Hot Chip, Babyshambles and Lily Allen.
Special releases from The Rolling Stones, the Flaming Lips, Jimi Hendrix, the Stone Roses, MGMT and Goldfrapp will also be available.
And record shops across the UK will be hosting in-store gigs by the likes of Ash, Laurie Anderson, The Paddingtons and Bombay Bicycle Club.
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