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No Tourists is the seventh studio album by English electronic music band The Prodigy, released on 2 November 2018 on Take Me to the Hospital, their independent label managed by BMG. The group will support the album with a world tour from November 2018.
In July 2015, three months after the release of their previous album The Day Is My Enemy, songwriter and producer Liam Howlett revealed the group's desire to shift their output from albums to EPs due to the long process and to deliver new material to fans quicker. In 2017, Howlett started to prepare new material and "Fight Fire with Fire" was the first track he worked on, co-written by American hip hop duo Ho99o9. The song was originally a remix that Howlett had agreed to produce for them, but the two parties agreed to include it on No Tourists as it fitted the "feel and flow" of the album. Howlett was pleased with the results and entered productive sessions: "Once I had finished that, I was on a flow". Despite their original intention of making an EP with various collaborations, including Dizzee Rascal, and resume touring, Howlett noticed the subsequent writing sessions delivered strong enough material at a faster pace compared to previous Prodigy records, which influenced the decision to commit to a full album. In September 2017, the band announced that they had signed a recording deal with BMG Rights Management, giving them the green-light to produce a new studio album.
The album was written, produced, and mixed by Howlett in the course of a year at Tileyard Studios in King's Cross, London. Howlett wrote the new songs with their live performance being a priority in their style and arrangement, and aimed to include "every angle that's good about the band" in the music. He made a conscious effort to write the new material differently to what he had done for The Day Is My Enemy, and went so far to avoid sleep to obtain different patterns of thought and see how it affected the process. He thought No Tourists displays the same amount of aggression as other Prodigy albums, "but in a different way". Despite his major input on the record, Howlett maintained that No Tourists is "very much a band album" and features vocal contributions from his band mates Keith Flint and Maxim, plus collaborations with Ho99o9 and English singer-songwriter Barns Courtney.
The group continued to work on the album while on tour, which included a session where Howlett wanted to capture Flint's vocals for "Champions of London" at a hotel room in Belgium after a particularly high energy gig using portable recording equipment that they travelled with. While the other band members and crew preferred to stay in better quality hotels, Howlett "veer[ed] off and stay in a one-star that's just two miles from the gigs, just so I can get stuff done quickly". In March 2018, during the group's tour of Russia, Howlett set-up a studio base in Moscow and returned to the facility to continue working after subsequent gigs to work on his new ideas. The set-up was a productive time for Howlett, who had close to three complete tracks by the time he left. After the album was finished, Howlett said that making it was "the most intense studio time I've ever had", and praised what everyone involved had contributed to it.