Grace Jones & Mavis Staples join Gorillaz for new album

Posted March 26, 2017

Gorillaz, for those who are unaware, are the animated, sorry excuse me "virtual" band that sprang from the minds of artists Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett back in the late 1990s. And if the early returns and mega tracklist are any indication, Gorillaz are returning with aplomb-and it will be very hard for you to not have fun while listening to Humanz. "Imagine the weirdest unpredictable thing happening that changes everything about the world".

Now that I've told you that, I have to do a bit of housekeeping.

The song was originally set to feature vocals from another Blur member, guitarist Graham Coxon, but he was replaced by Savages singer Jehnny Beth as Damon believed the song had too much of a macho feel.

The Gorillaz' last album, The Fall, was released in 2010. The album kind of came from this dark fantasy. "Just watch TV? Would you talk to people?"

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Albarn loves including choirs on Gorillaz album closers- it was the London Community Gospel Choir on Demon Days and a multitracked army of himself on Plastic Beach- and Humanz outro "We Got The Power" continues that trend.

Above, the Gorillaz delivered a short film/music video for the album cut, "Saturnz Barz" featuring Popcaan. "With these new immersive experiences, you can transport yourself to top music festivals and killer concerts, without having to deal with the crowds". It's nice when you see how someone goes about their business.

Fans had one day's notice via a Facebook post that the band would be performing at a venue in London.