Seven years might seem a long time between albums, however, if your two creative protagonists (Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett) have somewhat of a major falling out in the interim, one of them reforms their original band (Blur), and decides to release their first album in twelve years (The Magic Whip), as well as an original solo album of his own (Everyday Robots), well, then time just flies. The impact, success and eclectic quality of Plastic Beach, Gorillaz last album proper (2010 also saw the release of the far less collaborative, 'The Fall') was hard to resist, The collaborations were inspired and the music mind blowingly creative.
The free exploration of any musical genre, where any idea is possible and where creativity and artistry is allowed to flourish is surely any musician's idea of heaven. Once again for the Gorillaz latest album, 'Humanz', Albarn is blessed by those he has teamed up with. I doubt there was any need to coerce any of the many artists who appear alongside Albarn on the latest Gorillaz incarnation because by now they all know what they were buying into. Humanz isn't just more of the same, largely because there isn't really anything that remains the same, but there is a bond, a cohesion and a vibe that runs through all of their music.
Albarn and Hewlett, now at peace following a post gig chat many years ago, have revived an artistic and creative anomaly and that has to be a good thing. Gorillaz may at times seem like a play thing, a project or just a musical folly that is an indulgence of its founders, but in reality it is so much more than that. Gorillaz music is always somehow of the moment, a social commentary on the larger social and economic realities of the world which is also something of a juxtaposition given that they're a virtual band! Musically too, Gorillaz not only beg, borrow and steal, they also adapt, re-invent, sample, re-shape and create new and exciting, artistic, intelligent music that melds so many different forms.
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The band embark on their UK and European tour this Fall.
Just days after they announced their UK and European Fall tour dates for new album 'Humanz', Gorillaz have added yet more dates in Paris and London due to popular demand. It marks their first run of shows since 2010's 'Escape to Plastic Beach Tour'.
Gorillaz announce new European tour dates
They'll kick off their show schedule at Luxembourg's Rockhal on November 1st 2017, with their last two dates at London's O2 Arena on December 4th and 5th. They'll also be performing in Vienna, Copenhagen, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester, Glasgow and many more including two dates at Paris' Zénith on November 24th and 25th.
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Damon Albarn insists he has ''no agenda'' with Gorillaz and loves that they can record anything and make it work.
The 49-year-old singer loves the fact his animated band are able to adapt to whatever he is writing or whatever musical direction he is keen to explore and insists it doesn't matter if their songs don't match up with collaborator JAMIE HEWLETT's drawings of band members 2D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle.
He said: ''I don't think that matters.
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'Humanz' is released today as Gorillaz perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.
Gorillaz dropped their animated guises for a live gig on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' this week, where they performed their new politically charged song 'Let Me Out' with Pusha T to coincide with the release of their brand new album 'Humanz' today.
Gorillaz drop their new album 'Humanz' this week
Damon Albarn's alternative electronic group were joined by New York City rapper Pusha T for their live television performance, and while Mavis Staples couldn't make it to the studio, they include a clip of pre-recorded vocals for her moments in the song. Gorillaz last appearance on 'The Late Show' was in 2010 when David Letterman was still hosting.
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Summer 2017 is shaping up to be good one for music!
As March progressed and the sun began to come out a little bit, it was hard not to get the feeling that 2017 had finally begun to actually happen after the cold winter months. So it was for music fans, who were treated to a lot of great news about new music from some of the biggest bands in the industry, both in Britain and internationally.
We’ve detailed six of the biggest – and, hopefully, best – new albums to look out for in the coming few months!
Gorillaz - Humanz
A television show for the virtual band is in the works.
Earlier this year, Damon Albarn-led virtual, animated group Gorillaz dropped their first track in six years, which served as a sort of protest against the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Titled 'Hallelujah Money', the song featured Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine and dropped the night before Trump was inaugurated into office. The statement they were trying to make with its arrival was for many immediately clear.
Gorillaz are back with new music and a planned TV series
Fans were brought right back into the Gorillaz fold with the release, nostalgic vibes flowing after months of waiting for new material. Fresh songs had been expected for some time, after a new Gorillaz Instagram account and official website was launched in September, 2016, teasing their return.
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A generous tracklist and a myriad of special guests for Gorillaz's new album 'Humanz'.
Damon Albarn has brought back Gorillaz with an exciting new album entitled 'Humanz', alongside which they have unveiled an electrifying single called 'Saturnz Barz' with a jaw-dropping new video. They'll be playing the album live for the first time today (March 24th 2017).
Gorillaz return with their epic new album 'Humanz'
'Humanz' is a 14-track extravaganza featuring a number of special guests including Vince Staples, Grace Jones, Pusha T, Benjamin Clementine, Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Rag 'n' Bone Man and, of course, De La Soul with whom they previously worked on 2005's 'Feel Good Inc.'. Recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, the album was co-produced by Gorillaz, The Twilite Tone and Remi Kabaka and will feature an extra 5 tracks in the deluxe addition. Extra dialogue by Ben Mendelsohn also appears on the record.
Continue reading: Gorillaz New Album 'Humanz' Could Just Be Their Most Exciting Yet
They'll perform at their brand new music event this summer.
Gorillaz have launched their very own one-day summer festival named after their second album. Demon Dayz Festival will hit Dreamland Margate in the coming months, with the electronic duo slated as the headline act of the day for their first live show since 2010.
Demon Dayz Festival begins this summer
The band's founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett introduce three stages at the forthcoming event, where all fans will receive free admission to the amusement park alongside their festival pass. It will mark Gorillaz first time performing live since their sold out Plastic Beach World Tour seven years ago where they hit North America, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. It was 2010 that also saw them make their spectacular live debut as 2D (vocals), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and Murdoc Niccals (bass) at Coachella Festival.
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Damon Albarn's animated band released their first new music since 2011.
Animated band Gorillaz have dropped their first new music in nearly six years with an anti-Donald Trump protest song featuring Benjamin Clementine, called ‘Hallelujah Money’, which serves as the first taster from the group’s upcoming fifth album.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn has been teasing new material from his sometime side-project Gorillaz for a number of months, but on Thursday (January 19th) a brand new video was released for the song, which “explores themes of power, big business and humanity”.
Damon Albarn fronting Gorillaz as they headlined Glastonbury in 2010
The animated group are coming back, with 2016 set to be ‘Gorillaz all year,’ according to Hewlett.
JAMIE HEWLETT has confirmed that Gorillaz will soon be returning with a new album. The artist who is preparing to host an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery, titled The Suggetionists, said the band are planning to release their new album next year and make 2016 all about Gorillaz.
Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz are set for a return in 2016.
When asked about a new Gorillaz album, Hewlett told DIY magazine, "That's next year. I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well. I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation.”
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Blur frontman Damon Albarn set to unveil folk-soul 'empty club music' solo album.
Damon Albarn is finally set to go solo as he unveils his long-anticipated debut album Everyday Robots on April 28th 2014.
Blur is still an ongoing project
The Blur frontman is definitely a workaholic of the music industry, with his solo project being unleashed while his newly reunited Britpop band and his virtual band with Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz, are still ongoing. Little has been revealed about the album as of yet, though in 2011 he told Q magazine that it would a record of 'empty club music' and last year he revealed in an interview to Rolling Stone that it would be 'sort of folk soul'.
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Hiphop artist Mos Def, AKA Yasiin Bey, has undergone force feeding in order to campaign against the treatment of hunger strikers in USA's Guantánamo Bay detention camp.
Some celebrities lend their name to campaigns and will occasionally 'retweet' a good cause but singer Mos Def, more recently known as Yasiin Bey, has taken political rallying to the extreme by volunteering to undergo the same force feeding procedure that is used in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. In a video released by the human-rights organisation, Reprieve, Bey is shown with his limbs and head tightly restrained in a chair whilst medics force a tube through the rapper's nose and towards his stomach. Directed by the BAFTA-winning Asif Kapadia, the video makes for hardcore viewing and is certainly not for the faint-hearted as Bey is seen writhing and struggling against his restraints and crying out as the uncomfortable process is carried out.
Rapper Mos Def Has Been Force Fed In Solidarity With Hunger-Striking Prisoners.
According to Sky News, when the strategy is used in the military prison it can last up to 30 minutes but Yasiin can be heard pleading with the doctors "stop, please stop" in the four minute video.Speaking after the ordeal, the 39 year-old Gorillaz collaborator and campaigner described his experience: "The first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning and it starts to be really unbearable, like something is going into my brain and it reaches the back of my throat. I really couldn't take it."
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Hard to believe that ten years have passed really, makes you question where that time went. When you think about it, Gorillaz have experienced great success for what is more a project in music than a conventional band.
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It would be hyperbolic to describe The Fall as Damon Albarn's Kid A moment. Albarn's work tends to inspire grudging respect rather than rapt, quasi-religious devotion. Gorillaz, for all their commercial success, lack the critical and cultural cachet Radiohead wielded at their
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Who would have thought that four animated figures could sell over 20 million records worldwide? The musical project created, by Blur's Damon Albarn, has been storming the commercial music scene for over 12 years now and it really feels like it hasn't run out of steam just yet. Featuring British singer Daley, Doncamatic, is the fifth single from their Top 5 album Plastic Beach. The result is a bouncy and lighter offering from this band.
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I'm not saying the world is about to end (maybe it is) but there's something a tad apocalyptic about new Gorillaz single Stylo. With its Terminator 2 Judgement Day leanings, it springs to life with a dirty electro beat that signals a more than welcome return for hip hops most illustrated.
Mos Defs muffled lyrics are charming enough, especially when followed by Damon Albarns bittersweet serenading, but it's not until the great Bobby Womack swoops in to steal both artists thunder in one howling move that we get to see the tracks true intentions.
Huge slabs of Pet Shop Boys electro coupled with 70s funk shouldn't really gel at all, and to some extent they don't, but there remains a charm to this disjointed array of sounds that makes it a fascinating listen all the same. Daman Albarns claims that forthcoming album Plastic Beach is the most popish thing he's ever written are not exactly proven right by this effort, but what is proven is his ability to pull off just about anything he tries his hand at.
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In the ensuing 5 years since their last triumphant release, 'Demon Days', the world's biggest virtual band have been busying themselves building their very own Tracy Island. No doubt watching various re-runs of John, Janet, Valerie, Connie & Shep has helped them with their creation. Made out of rubbish and debris, and located at Point Nemo in the South Pacific, the furthest distance from land, 'Plastic Beach' has served as the studio where its namesake album has been magnificently recorded.
Whilst they were atop the land fill scavenging, the masterful creator was indulging his ever broader spectrum of creativity. Lovingly and painstakingly crafting his celebrated Opera, 'Monkey: Journey To The West'. Putting together another band, in the form of The Good The Bad And The Queen to present his London based concept album and ....., in no small measure, successfully reuniting his old band Blur to a tumultuous reception. His appetite and artistic endeavour still not satisfied the musician, helped some say less than eagerly by his animator and co-creator Jamie ('I'm so f**king bored of drawing those characters') Hewitt, turned once again to the virtual world to help feed his insatiable desire.
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