The Gorillaz return for their newest offering since 2010’s ‘Plastic Beach’. Having amped up the guest-factor on this release, there is a whole host of influence from all over the musical spectrum. The Peven Everett number, ‘Strobelite’ for instance is a luminescent dancefloor house number, complete with soaring vocals and thumping bassy rolls, lots of filters and clanging sweeps, all topped with a smooth-as-silk string synth overlay.
Move along to ‘Charger’ though and we get the scary/alluring big baddie vox of disco-not-disco legend Grace Jones, before sweeping spookily into Albarn’s dulcet Gorillaz voice. Backed by an industrious clanging synth sweep and charged percussives, it slowly segues into anthemic swirl of grooving disco before fading into the solemn follower, ‘Andromeda’.
By integrating a diverse selection of supplimentary talent, Gorillaz have managed to increase the scope of their already venerable musical palette, and absorb all sorts of influence along the way. ‘Humanz’ is littered with references to classic electronic music in all it’s forms but still relies heavily upon that good old-fashioned songwriting we’re all so keen on, providing their most diverse offering yet, whilst not sacrificing the cohesion and flow that has set them in such good stead so far.
1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. PopcaanMomentz feat. De La Soul
4. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
5. Charger feat. Grace Jones
6. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
Bonus tracks on Deluxe 2 CD set:
15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
Parlophone CD: 0190295851200 2CD: 0190295851170 2LP: 0190295851194 DEL LP: 0190295851187