Takura Tendayi had previously collaborated with both Chase & Status and Sub Focus, appearing on their respective debut albums More Than Alot and Sub Focus. He provided vocals for "Can't Get Enough", "Streetlife", "Running" and "Is It Worth It" by Chase and Status, as well as "World of Hurt" and "Coming Closer" by Sub Focus. He is also the vocalist in "No Problem", the opening track of No More Idols. "Flashing Lights" was Takura's first official single.
A music video to accompany the release of "Flashing Lights", directed by Ben Newman, was first released onto YouTube on 18 November 2011, at a total length of four minutes and thirty-four seconds.