It's been over ten years since there was a new Blur album. The band's last studio album was 2003's Think Tank. They took a long hiatus from 2005 to 2009. Since 2009, they've occasionally toured. In 2013, they entered the studio.
Blur recorded 15 songs in a Hong Kong studio. Front-man Damon Albarn tells NME:
"If I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."
Why did the record not get finished? Albarn blames the heat. "There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished."