Gorillaz – Party At The End Of The World
Written by Planet of Sound on 9th February 2018
Gorillaz is the virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2-D (lead vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards), and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). This creation means that Gorillaz cannot be pigeon-holed into any particular genre of music, time, or place. Whilst other artists from the 90’s have become stale and tired, Damon has continued to push the envelope to create intriging music. He made his name with Blur, but Gorillaz is his true labour of love, allowing him to explore his musical imagination, to collaborate with some of the worlds greatest artists, and then to introduce us to some of the stars of tomorrow.
A Gorillaz gig is like no other, its like a festival in a couple of hours. The exhiliarating Humanz gig I recently saw at the o2 featured the following line up on stage: Pauline Black, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Rag’n’Bone Man, Anthony Hamilton, Kilo Kish, Kali Uchis, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Shaun Ryder, Noel Gallagher and probably quite a few I missed. There was also a beautiful holgram of the sadly departed Bobby Womack who featured on a Gorillaz previous album. Other collaborators to have featured are Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def, Mark E. Smith, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Kano, Bashy, De La Soul, Outcast, James Murphy, Little Dragon, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, sinfonia ViVA,
I was lucky to find the full Humanz concert that I could broadcast here:
It took 7 years for Gorillaz to follow up Plastic Beach & The Fall with the Humanz album, but fortunately both Damon & Jamie seem to have enjoyed the project so much which has generated the creative energy, for them to say they will be releasing a new album in 2018. If they take this on the road, I urge everyone to go and see it.