Blur fans are no doubt experiencing pangs of excitement this afternoon as it looks as though the Britpop legends are set to release their first album in over ten years.

Speaking on stage in Hong Kong in May, Damon Albarn told the crowd that the band were going to spend some time in a local recording studio and now the band's guitarist has given an update to Bang Showbiz.

"We had a few days off in Hong Kong and thought, 'What the hell, let's go to the studio.' It went very well. The opportunity came and we took it. Any chance to get together and make music is very welcome", said James.

"It was absolutely brilliant. We were just jamming, but it was good. I hope it happens."

Whether or not Blur will release a new album, a follow-up to 2003's Think Tank, is one of the most talked about subjects in music at the moment. The band wrote two new songs - 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan' - specifically for concerts in Hyde Park last year and were rumoured to be working on even more new material with producer William Orbit but the band have been very careful with the information they've released to the public so far.

Alex James' recent admission might be the closes hint yet. What do you think, will we see new Blur material in the next year or two?

Blur will play their ONLY British Isles gig on Thursday August 1st at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, with support from The Strypes and Bat For Lashes. Tickets are available now priced at €62.50.