Bombay Bicycle Club vocalist Jack Steadman and bassist Ed Nash traveled to to India in November 2012, with the original intention of playing a festival. However, both decided to extend the trip and Steadman hunkered down in a studio in Mumbai to work on new songs. The vocalist told The Sun that this was one of the fruits of his labors: "It was written in Mumbai where I spent almost a month staying with the parents of the guy whose studio I was using," he said. "It was great as I felt the studio was this special place of peace as you can't find any peace and quiet in Mumbai."
"It's all of energy and an infectious place but it was nice to close the studio door and go to the other extreme," Steadman added. "I had a very productive time there."
The song features a Bollywood sample of "Man Dole Mera Tan Dole" by Lata Mangeshkar from the 1954 film Nagin. Steadman told The Sun: "I had no idea the Bollywood sample bill was from Nagin – a film about a snake charmer. I was working on it when a friend came in and was really confused about why I was listening to 'the most famous song in India.' But I didn't have a clue and just love this song."
"We got a sample cleared so it's fine – I was worried at first because it is such a famous Bollywood song," he continued. "The examples are usually more subtle."
"Us being called Bombay Bicycle Club and using a song from Bombay, i.e. Mumbai, was a big cause for concern for us actually," Steadman added. "It's a shame we are called that as people are probably going to say, 'This is a big marketing plan,' which it isn't. It's a complete coincidence."
Steadman said of the "Man Dole Mera Tan Dole" sample: "This is the most infectious piece of music I've heard in a long time. I've got hundreds of old Hindi film songs, from the '40s through to the '60s. Sometimes I go to Southall and do a bit of record shopping."