This summer's universally excitement-generating album is, undoubtedly, Shura's debut, Nothing's Real.

Whilst it feels as though it has been a long time in the making, in the tradition of don't rush it don't spoil it, this is a record that has benefitted from being crafted slowly-but-surely and, over the last couple of years, the London outfit has built a loving fan-base through hard graft (Shura is certainly not lazy when it comes to going on the road) and well-chosen taste-making tracks such as 'Touch', 'White Light' and 'What's It Gonna Be?'.

We put Shura through The 405's Things You Should Know About My New Album challenge and here's what we've found out.

If I had to summarise Nothing's Real in one sentence, it would be...

A Time Capsule.

The first song I wrote for the album was...

'Touch'. And it was a blueprint for a lot of the record.

My favourite part of the recording process was when...

I'd finished most of the production and could then start going crazy noodling around with my Roland space echo.

The song that has evolved the most between its first version and the finished album version is...

'White Light'. It went through the biggest transition. It was originally 15bpm slower and very atmospheric before it became much more disco influenced and uptempo but it always had that crazy outro.

The song that took the longest to nail down was...

'Make It Up'. I spent a long time working out exactly how 'Make It Up' needed to flow. I tried several versions and very nearly ended up with a very different one to the version that made the record, but thankfully that didn't happen.

I knew Nothing's Real was finished when...

I listened to the acetate for the first time.

The song I am most proud of on the record is...

'Kids 'N' Stuff' or 'What Happened to Us?'. They're both very different but I think they're my favourites at the moment.

From all the tracks on the album, the one I am most excited about performing on tour is...

'White Light' because of the crazy outro. You can really lose yourself in that one and by the end you're absolutely knackered.

The lyric I am most proud of on the record is...

On 'Make It Up'. I love it. It was really fun to write about myself in the third person... I found it incredibly liberating because it no longer mattered what I thought.


Nothing's Real is out now.