Today (17 June) Albarn has joined the Transgressive Records roster ahead of releasing his second solo album, which will follow 2014's Everyday Robots.

Music Week reports Albarn has just put the finishing touches to his upcoming album, and the details are due to be announced soon.

The label co-founder Toby L said of Albarn, "We have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Damon over the years via the incredible Africa Express project, which has introduced many gifted artists to the Transgressive world. His voracious passion for music and exploration knows no bounds and repeatedly defies convention or categorisation, whilst always remaining utterly inviting and intoxicating throughout."

Toby L added, "Truly prolific, his latest solo work is amongst the finest of his career. We really couldn't be more honoured to welcome Damon and his phenomenal team at Eleven Management into the Transgressive family, with an ongoing focus to break new ground and subvert expectations in a way that only he can."

Last month Albarn joined the Manchester International Festival 2021 line-up, which will see him perform songs from across his career including The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, and will be joined by a live band and string quartet.

Manchester International Festival 2021 will take place online and across the city from 1-18 July. Visit mif.co.uk for tickets and more information.