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April 9, 2010 - The Sun:

New Blur single after seven years

BLUR have reunited in the studio and are rush releasing a new track next week.

Blur at the premiere of No Distance Left To Run, 14 Jan 2010

It is the first single from DAMON ALBARN, GRAHAM COXON, ALEX JAMES and DAVE ROWNTREE since 2003's Good Song.

Fans tempted them back into action with kind words after their recent warts-and-all documentary, No Distance Left To Run.

A source said: "Initially, Damon had no intention of going back into the studio with Blur. He's been very busy with GORILLAZ.

"But he couldn't resist seeing if the magic was still there with his old chums. And it was.

"They've recorded a limited-edition 7in single which will be released a week tomorrow."

The track will be issued to publicise Record Store Day - an industry initiative to highlight the precarious plight of music shops.

Only 1,000 copies are going on sale - which is a shame.

Damon said: "We want independent record stores to continue - they're an important part of our musical culture.

"Music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it."

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Update added April 13, 2010 by vblurpage.com:

What it will sound like?

Miles Leonard, the president of Parlophone has described the new Blur song to
BBC 6 Music:

[The song] is an absolutely wonderful summer tune. I think it encapsulates all the sum of the parts of that band. They sound as competent and as strong as they’ve ever sounded before.

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.

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.

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