Grace Jones & Mavis Staples join Gorillaz for new album

Christie Goodwin  NME

The Damon Albarn-fronted group debuted four new songs on 24 March ahead of the release of their fifth studio album Humanz.

After several years of teases, some recent updates to the mythology, and Damon Albarn getting weirdly chatty with a random fan, the Gorillaz have finally announced a new album. The project will feature the likes of Vince Staples, Jehnny Beth and D.R.A.M.

Cartoon band Gorillaz has promoted its upcoming album, Humanz, with the launch of a 360° music video on YouTube.

According to a press release, the album was recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago, and Jamaica and produced by Gorillaz, Pusha T/John Legend collaborator the Twilite Tone of D /\ P, and Remi Kabaka. Regardless of what dark depths the rest of Humanz plumbs, we now know that it'll end on an optimistic note. "Unfortunately it became reality". Jehnny Beth of Savages, Saturnz Barnz ft.

Humanz is set for a full release on April 28, with nineteen songs divided by interludes that bring the track total to twenty-six.

That darkness seeps through on the virtual band's new 360-degree short film Saturnz Barz (Spirit House), which features their new song "Saturnz Barz" with Popcaan as well as, um, a trippy talking pizza. Benjamin Clementine 14. We Got The Power feat. (Ticket info can be found here.) On June 10, Gorillaz will headline their Demon Dayz Festival in Margate, England.

"The album came from this dark fantasy, which came into my head [at] the beginning of last year", says the 49-year-old.

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