The electronic pioneers released the band's 11th studio album Brilliant on Monday (May 28), the first with Ure since 1986's U-Vox.
Ure revealed that the group's current line-up (Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann), perhaps the most well-known, decided to work on new material after they reunited for a tour in 2009.
"It's been an interesting process. If we sat and talked about this two years ago, it wasn't on the cards," Ure told BBC Breakfast.
"We got together two years together to tour, and during it we talked about the possibilities [of recording a new album].
The frontman explained that the band originally turned down an offer from a record company to record a new album.
"When we were approached by a record company, we turned it down. To have a major record company to come and offer you a contract at this this time of life and refuse it is a major thing.
"We wanted to make a record that we thought was interesting."
Midge Ure also spoke about their infamous chart battle in 1981, which saw their classic 'Vienna' denied a number one spot by Joe Dolce's novelty record 'Shaddap You Face', and later John Lennon's 'Imagine'.
"It was a bit of a blow, we went from the ridiculous to the sublime [Dolce to Lennon]. It was an odd experience."
Listen to Ultravox's new single 'Brilliant' below: