Brian Eno claims the new James album is the best the group has made.
The producer says many of the tracks were recorded virtually live, with few overdubs.
Space is due out in the summer, and will feature some of the songs previewed on the last James tour.
Eno told NME.COM: “The whole idea was to try to make an album in what is actually a rather old-fashioned way – start with the songs written and properly structured, play them live and record them.
“It’s very regressive in a way, saying, ‘Let’s go back to making a record that records a band at its peak’.”
He added: “I think it’s the best record they’ve made. The standard is so high on every song. There’s nothing where you think it could’ve been better. We’ve got too many good songs, more good songs than we can put on the record.”