Arctic Monkeys: R U Mine? Was Springboard For Whole Album

12 September 2013, 12:32

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have admitted to Radio X that track R U Mine? was the "springboard" for the whole of their new album.

The song was originally released early in 2012 as a stand alone track for Record Store Day but does now feature on AM, which was released this week.

"There was something about that that just seem like the best thing we'd done for ages," frontman Alex told Danielle Perry on the Radio X Evening Show.

"So this album was all about trying to make 12 tunes like that, really. You start to break that down and look at what it is actually that's appealing about that R U Mine? tune."

There has been a lot of speculation about a new R'n'B direction the band have taken on the latest record, which they made in LA with producer John Ford.

Alex said that he doesn't think the style is so different from classic rock music.

"I think one of the most interesting things about [R U Mine?] is in inverted commas 'vocal production' and what's going on in the backing vocals. That is something I suppose that we borrowed from that contemporary R'n'B world in terms of the scales the melodies follow and even how they are affected and how many of them there are. It's something that you hear a lot in Aaliyah's records or something.

"In a way there is something in my mind that the sound of that universe doesn't seem so far away, or seems to sit perfectly, on top of early 70s rock and roll or heavy metal in the beginning.

"It seems like there is some kind of connection there."

AM has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize this week - despite only having been released on Monday.

David Bowie's The Next Day, Foals' Holy Fire and Jake Bugg's self titled debut are among the other nominees.

The winner will be announced at London's Roundhouse on October 30.