The Magic Whip was recorded in Hong Kong and the city features prominently in this song's lyrics. Vocalist Damon Albarn even returned to Hong Kong around Christmas 2014 in search of inspiration, before recording his vocals.
"When we were in Hong Kong. We were going to the studio every day with this kind of rush our mindset, going from the hotel through an incredibly weird glass shopping mall to dispute of the tiled subway area will would get on the train," guitarist Graham Coxon told NME. "And I guess Hong Kong was sticking to us along the way – we were seeing things, hearing things, and that somehow came out in music."
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