Blur Returns For Record Store Day

U.K. rock act Blur, which reformed for dates last summer, has recorded new material for release as part of Record Store Day.

The 1,000 copies of the seven-inch vinyl single will be Blur's first new material since 2003. Details will be confirmed nearer the release.

"We want independent record store to continue, they're an important part of our musical culture," frontman Damon Albarn told the Sun. "Music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it."

Blur's EMI label Parlophone, and its imprint Regal, are releasing special vinyl singles exclusively for the 150 independent U.K. retailers taking part in the international event.

The series features 12 artists including Bat For Lashes, Pet Shop Boys and Hot Chip - who have all provided new material - as well as limited releases from Lily Allen, Chiddy Bang, Tinie Tempah and the Beatles, whose single features "Paperback Writer" and "Rain."

"Parlophone and our artists recognize the importance of our Indie stores and their contribution to not only our new and developing artists but to our catalog as a whole. Being able to support this campaign with some great seven-inch releases from the Beatles to Bat For Lashes is our way of thanking them for their continued support," said Parlophone president Miles Leonard in a statement.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys added: "Independent record stores play a vital role in selling music from the fringe as well as the mainstream. We're delighted to be releasing a one-off vinyl single only available in independent shops as part of Record Store Day."