We knew that we were getting new material from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz today via numerous stories yesterday. But four new tracks, FOUR?! An album name (Humanz), release date, feature confirmation, creepy realistic renderings of the cartoon band, and slew of videos and other information accompany the new music as well. Two of the tracks confirm previous reports that Vince Staples and Popcaan would make appearances, those songs being “Ascension” and “Saturnz Barz.”
These tracks couldn’t be more different, “Ascension” being fast and dancey, aided by Vince’s rapid fire verses and a hard-hitting beat. “The sky’s fallin’ baby, drop that ass ‘fore it crash” is a genius take on the famous Henry Penny/Chicken Little quote. Popcaan’s contribution, on the other hand, is far more ambient and eery, with a dark, heavy bass and eerie keyboard. Albarn, as singer 2D, appears on both as well, with his familiar drawling lyrics ripe with emotion. Both songs, along with the other two “Andromeda” and “We’ve Got The Power,” show a great deal of promise for this new album, which is shaping up to be another experimental work of art.
Danny Brown, Pusha T, D.R.A.M., Kilo Kish, Kali Uchis, and De la Soul (*gasp* “Feel Good Inc. 2”!?!?!) are also going to be on Humanz, along with plenty of other features as well. For our reader in London, the band’s website offers the chance to be entered into a raffle for pre-ordering the album, with the prizes being tickets to a private show in the city where the band will perform the entirety of the new album. Perhaps it will be a more intimate preview of their set for their upcoming festival, Demon Dayz, which has already sold out. The album is due out next month, April 28th, and it’s sure to be a treat.
Check out the videos for “Ascension” and “Saturnz Barz” below, and stream all four of the tracks via Spotify as well. Stay tuned to True Too for all you hip hop news.