What’s a nice Britpop boy like Damon Albarn doing in a place like Mali?: wonder if the Times sub-header writer realised how dodgy that sounds…..anyway, “cooking up a solo album” is the answer. It’s all in a good cause, unlike the forthcoming 9-minute improvised single which will have EMI chiefs swearing blue murder as they try to promote Blur’s Greatest Hits (a record which if well-picked might actually be pretty good). Via Esc.