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July 5, 2013 - guardian.co.uk:

Damon joins new supergroup for Syria fundraiser

Blur frontman recruits Nick Zinner, Alex Kapranos and Flea for collaboration with Fresh Touch

Fresh Touch's "Latest Style" vinyl
Fresh Touch's "Latest Style" vinyl

Blur's Damon Albarn has united Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos with Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald's Fresh Touch for a special release in aid of Oxfam's Syria appeal.

The single, "Latest Style", will be made available exclusively at the biannual Independent Label Market taking place at London's Old Spitalfields Market on 13 July, an event which showcases offerings from independent labels such as Fabric, XL, Hospital, R&S, Domino, 4AD, O Genesis and Moshi Moshi.

As well as the Fresh Touch project, there will a further nine one-off tracks available, including Swamp81 boss Loefah, who breaks his five year silence with the release of single Western (Did A Skank). Elsewhere, there's a vinyl reissue for Beth Orton's Carmella by Four Tet as well as a new Factory Floor re-work of Tim Burgess's The Doors Of Then. Costing 10 each, the 180 gram 12" vinyl records feature an etching on the b-side and are individually hand numbered, presented in a screenprinted die-cut heavyweight disco sleeve.

"Latest Style" will be Damon's first release since Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett last month confirmed that both Blur and Gorillaz would be recording new albums.

For more information about the appeal visit oxfam.org.uk/syria.

This article was amended on 6 July. The original referred to Fresh Touch as a new project unveiled by Damon Albarn. Fresh Touch is the brainchild of producers Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald.

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