Gorillaz Announce New Album ‘Humanz,’ Release Four Songs and Artwork
Gorillaz fans were inundated with big news today. In short order, they announced the release of their long-awaited new album, revealed new artwork for each of the band's animated characters (see below), shared new songs, released an extended video single and said that a secret London gig was in the offing.
Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn of Blur premiered a pair of album tracks during an appearance on BBC Radio 1. Over the course of the day several other songs surfaced. You can check out "Saturnz Barz" above and "We Got the Power," "Ascension" and "Andromeda" below.
Humanz, which is set for release on April 28, was previewed via a series of photographs spelling out the album title on Instagram. Each photo also contained images of guest collaborators, including Mavis Staples, Benjamin Clementine ("Hallelujah Money"), De La Soul, Jehnny Beth of Savages ("We Got the Power"), Carly Simon, D.R.A.M. ("Andromeda"), Grace Jones and others.
Most surprisingly, however, was Pitchfork's news that "We Got the Power" also features background vocals by Albarn's former sparring partner Noel Gallagher. The two had patched things up about four years ago and, in 2015, came together to perform at the 60th birthday for Clash bassist Paul Simonen.
Fans who pre-order Humanz by 6AM GMT tomorrow will be entered in a drawing to win tickets to see Gorillaz perform tomorrow night at an as-yet undisclosed location in London. They are expected to play the record in its entirety.
"Hallelujah Money" was released in January as this project's advance single; that was Gorillaz's first new song in six years. They launched this Instagram feed last September, which began with a career-spanning overview of the animated group’s timeline. Gorillaz's last full-length studio effort was 2011's The Fall; their fourth album was followed that same year by a best-of package.
The band already announced a concert at their very own Demon Dayz festival, scheduled for this summer at the Dreamland amusement park at Margate in Kent, England.
Gorillaz, Humanz, Track Listing
1. "Ascension" feat. Vince Staples
2. "Strobelite" feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. "Momentz" feat. De La Soul
5. "Submission" feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
6. "Charger" feat. Grace Jones
7. "Andromeda" feat. D.R.A.M.
8. "Busted and Blue"
9. "Carnival" feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. "Let Me Out" feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11. "Sex Murder Party" feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12. "She’s My Collar" feat. Kali Uchis
13. "Hallelujah Money" feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. "We Got the Power" feat. Jehnny Beth
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
15. "The Apprentice" feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK
16. "Halfway to the Halfway House" feat. Peven Everett
17. "Out of Body" feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà
18. "Ticker Tape" feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis
19. "Circle of Friendz" feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
Listen to "We Got the Power"
Listen to "Andromeda"
Listen to "Ascension"
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