In celebration of their new album Humanz, the Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz performed the project in full to a very happy crowd in London’s new venue Printworks. As expected, they didn’t come alone, either — many of the collaborators joined the band on stage, including Danny Brown, Pusha T, Kelela, De La Soul, Noel Gallagher and Kali Uchis.
Check out social media clips from that amazing show below…Humanz (which can be pre-ordered here) drops 28th April. You can also see photos from the event (courtesy of Mark Allen) over at Electronic Beats.
The world rejoices…you can check out new music from Gorillaz below. Taken from Humanz (which features appearances from Popcaan, De La Soul, Grace Jones, Kelela, Danny Brown and more), released 28th April (pre-order here).
In related news: the Damon Albarn-led band will be throwing their very own Demon Dayz Festival, set to take place 10th June in Margate. It will be live-streamed (via Red Bull) and will feature all of the new album’s collaborators. Holy s***.
UPDATE: Gorillaz has announced that their new album — titled Humanz — drops 28th April.
Phonographic Performance Limited (a licensing database that handles the collection of radio station royalties) has apparently listed nineteen tracks from Gorillaz (including six interludes and an intro)…naturally, many are speculating this discovery to be the band’s new album. In addition, we also see a slew of amazing features — D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Pusha T, Popcaan, Danny Brown, Kilo Kish, Kelela and more look to be providing assistance for the Damon Albarn-led release.
You can check out the (still unconfirmed) tracklist below. Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon.
‘Andromeda’ feat. D.R.A.M.
‘Ascension’ feat. Vince Staples’
‘Busted And Blue’
‘Carnival’ feat. Anthony Hamilton
‘Charger’ feat. Grace Jones
‘Circle Of Friendz’ feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
‘Halfway To The Halfway House’ feat. Peven Everett
‘Hallelujah Money’ feat. Benjamin Clementine
‘Interlude: Elevator Going Up’
‘Interlude: New World’
‘Interlude: Talk Radio’
‘Interlude: The Elephant’
‘Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath’
‘Intro: I Switched My Robot Off’
‘Let Me Out’ feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
‘Momentz’ feat. De La Soul
‘Out Of Body’ feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana
‘Saturnz Barz’ feat. Popcaan
‘Sex Murder Party’ feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
‘She’s My Collar’ feat. Kali Uchis
‘Strobelite’ feat. Peven Everett
‘Submission’ feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
‘The Apprentice’ feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK
‘Ticker Tape’ feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
‘We Got The Power’ feat. Jehnny Beth
Guess who’s back. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz have returned with their first new track (and visual) in six years…titled ‘Hallelujah Money’, the band — along with Benjamin Clementine — set their targets on what happened (and is happening) in the United States this week:
Gorillaz returns after six years with the apocalyptic “Hallelujah Money” video, the first taste of their new record which is coming later this year. The band has issued this song on the eve of the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment.
So, we’re a bit behind: Gorillaz have kicked off their movement toward their next, as-yet-untitled album with a set of short stories surrounding each member of the group. So far, they’ve released the ‘Book of Russel’ (which interestingly enough centres around North Korea) and now they have the ‘Book of Murdoc’, which turns the attention to the Gorillaz’ frontman.
Check out both below (WARNING: it’s a lengthy read to enjoy). We’ll be hearing more on what’s next for our favourite animated collective soon.
The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) has announced a forthcoming concert at the Southbank Centre on 25th June, which is presented by Africa Express. In addition, Gorillaz/Blur artist-musician Damon Albarn will be performing with the orchestra.
Says Albarn and orchestra conductor Issam Rafea to the Guardian:
“The fabric of Syrian society has been torn apart as a result of the conflict. At the Syrian National Orchestra of Arabic Music’s performance, there will be people representing both sides of the argument present both on stage and in the audience,” Rafea said. “But all are in agreement that we want it to end. This concert is an wonderful opportunity to show the world another side to the Syrian story – joy and a celebration of our music and culture. We have not played together in a long time, so we are particularly looking forward to a wonderful night at the Southbank Centre this summer.”
“This will be a great reunion,” Albarn added. “We’re so used to seeing Syria through the prism of news, this concert will give a completely different perspective.”
You can get your tickets/find more information here. This certainly isn’t the first time SNOAM and Albarn have worked together; they collaborated on the Gorillaz track ‘White Flag‘, taken from 2010’s Plastic Beach. Above, they can be seen performing the track for France’s ‘La Musicale’.
Every time James Blake remixes a track, I find myself why he doesn’t just tell the world the resulting tunes (which Blake dubs individually as a ‘harmonimix’) are fresh songs, because he puts these so far through the ringer that they’re barely recognisable anyway (note: this isn’t a diss). Case in point — check out his re-blending of a classic record, Gorillaz’ 2005 cut ‘Feel Good Inc.’, below.
In related news, James Blake may also be collaborating with Kanye West soon, according to a recent interview with the Miami New Times:
I have a lot of respect for [Kanye], for what he has been releasing for years. We haven’t done a great deal of work in the same room yet, but we’ve done a few things, kind of helped each other with our own music. In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done. I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.
Blur frontman and experimental musician Damon Albarn — who just released a new album called Everyday Robots which I’ve made a mental note of checking out — is apparently working on a new Gorillaz album, which is to be set for a 2016 release. The news is coming from a recent feature for the artist in the Sydney Morning Herald, which you can check out here.
In the meantime, I think I’ll enjoy some classic ‘Clint Eastwood’ to hold me over…