The work on the album began in 2021. Tormenta, a song made in collaboration with Bad Bunny, was the first completed track for the album. It was originally intended to be the lead single for the second season of Song Machine, before the project got shelved in favor of a traditional studio album.
New Gold, a track in collaboration with Tame Impala, has been in production since 2020, and was also originally supposed to be a part of the Song Machine series. According to Damon Albarn the new album was already completed in May of 2022.