Former Blur frontman Damon Albarn has announced plans to release a rather unusual new album.

The singer told BBC 6 Music that his latest endeavour will involve more than 100 musicians, including a Chinese choir and a full orchestra.

"This one's got about 80, 90 musicians on it - something in that region. It's got a 100-piece Chinese choir on one of the tunes. That plus the orchestra probably goes to about 120-130 people," he added.

Damon, who has also had chart hits with the animated band Gorillaz and more recently THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN, remained elusive about the details of his new project, refusing to reveal its name or state whether it was linked to any of his previous endeavors.

However, he did say that there will be a monkey connection, drawing parallels with both GORILLAZ and his recent opera MONKEY: JOURNEY TO THE WEST, by stating that the title has "something of monkeys in there".

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN, in which Damon sings and plays the keyboards, recently headlined the Love Music Hate Racism event in London's Victoria Park.

29/04/2008 11:56:11