September 30, 2002 -
BLUR are adapting
to life in MOROCCO, although
bassist ALEX JAMES says it's
taken him a while to get used to life in Africa.
Blur have decided
to spend just over a month in Marrakesh
with producer Fatboy Slim
finishing their album, due for release early next
Writing to fans on the band's
official website, James said
that after some delays they've now put together
their studio, and are recording.
"Weve built a state of
the art recording studio on the edge of the
desert," he said. "It took a week to
get the big loud speakers, which were specially
built in Denmark, out of customs. They lie to you
and take your money. One of them lied, took my
money, and then went for my arse."
James said that it
took a little while to get used to the Moroccan
lifestyle, but he is now into the swing of
He continued: "We love it here,
the pushy, pokey, grabby, hassle of Marrakesh
is actually fine once you realise its just New
York in a foreign language...Its a
bit like 'Bladerunner', and life
penetrates every nook."
The new album is
due for release next year.