On 23 February , Gorillaz released " DoYaThing ", a single to promote a Gorillaz-branded collection of Converse shoes which were released shortly after. Two different edits of the song were released: a four-and-a-half minute radio edit released on Converse's website and the full minute version of the song released on the Gorillaz website.
In April , Albarn told The Guardian that he and Hewlett had fallen out and that future Gorillaz projects were "unlikely". It was the greatest band ever. And the screen on stage behind them seemed to get smaller every day.
It was one of those things, the music and the videos weren't working as well together, but I felt we'd made a really good record and I was into it. Following the release of DoYaThing and the publicization of Albarn and Hewlett's fall-out in , Gorillaz entered a multiyear hiatus. During the hiatus, Albarn released a solo album, Everyday Robots , scored stage productions and continued to record and tour with Blur, while Hewlett held art exhibitions and attempted to create a film project which was ultimately never realized.
I played around by myself for eight months while he was performing with Blur in Recording sessions for the band's fifth studio album Humanz began in late and continued through , taking place in London, New York City, Paris and Jamaica. Albarn chose Khan from a list of possible producers compiled by Parlophone , the band's record label after Albarn and Khan spoke via Skype. Humanz was also co-produced by Remi Kabaka Jr. I suggested that the album should be about joy, pain and urgency.
That was to be our state of mind before we even touched a keyboard or an MPC. Especially in American music, dare I say black music, there's a way of communicating joy that at the same time allows you to feel the struggle the person has been through.
And the urgency is there because something needs to be done. So that was the mantra. I wanted to blend Damon, a Briton, with the joy and pain and struggle that African-American music can express.
The first track from the album released publicly was " Hallelujah Money " featuring Benjamin Clementine , released on 20 January with an accompanying video featuring Clementine.
While not an official single, Albarn explained that the band chose to release the track on the day of Trump's inauguration because "It was meant to be something sung at the imaginary inauguration of Donald Trump, which turned out to be the real inauguration of Donald Trump, so we released it because we had imagined that happening and it did happen.
Humanz was released on 28 April , the band's first new studio album in 7 years. Humanz received generally positive reviews from critics, although received some criticism from fans and critics for what was perceived as a diminished presence from Albarn in contrast to the abundance of featured artists.
The band embarked on the Humanz Tour to support the album from the summer of to early Like the band's previous tour, the Humanz Tour featured the live band in full view of the audience with a large screen behind them displaying Hewlett-created visuals and featured several of the different collaborative artists from the band's history.
At 53 shows, the Humanz Tour was the largest in the band's history and featured setlists including a wide variety of songs from the band's back catalog. On 8 June the band released the non-album single " Sleeping Powder " with an accompanying music video and on 3 November a "Super Deluxe" version of Humanz , featuring an additional 14 unreleased tracks from the album's sessions, including alternative versions of previously released songs as well as the single " Garage Palace " featuring Little Simz.
Albarn continued recording while on the road during the Humanz Tour, and mentioned in an interview with Q Magazine in September that he was planning on releasing the material as a future Gorillaz album.
Comparing the production of the album to The Fall , which was also recorded while the band was on tour, Albarn mentioned that "It will be a more complete record than The Fall , but hopefully have that spontaneity.
Featuring "simple, mostly upbeat songs" and s new wave influences,  the album was noted for its distinctly small list of featured artists compared to previous Gorillaz work, with only two tracks featuring any outside artists the album's lead single " Humility " featuring George Benson and " Hollywood " featuring Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle.
Albarn mentioned that the few numbers of featured artists was partially due to the album's quick production, which in turn was a result of Albarn wanting to finish the album before the band's touring schedule resumed: "We've been very lucky to be offered all the festivals this year on the back of the last record [ Humanz ] In the fictional Gorillaz storyline, the band introduced Ace from Cartoon Network 's animated series The Powerpuff Girls as a temporary bassist of the band during The Now Now album cycle, filling in for the imprisoned Murdoc Niccals.
It was a very organic thing. The band's remaining live dates were billed as The Now Now Tour to support the album, and included a performance in Tokyo on 22 June billed as "The Now Now World Premiere" in which the band played the full album live for the first and only time, a performance which was later broadcast by Boiler Room.
Filmed and directed by Hewlett's son Denholm, the documentary showcases a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Humanz and The Now Now as well as the album's associated tours.
On 29 January , the band announced its new project, Song Machine. Eschewing the typical album format of releasing music, Song Machine is instead a web series that sees the band releasing one new song a month as "episodes" to the series, with 11 episodes releasing to comprise the first "season. We can now make episodes and seasons. Upon the premiere of "Momentary Bliss", Albarn revealed that the group had been in the studio with Schoolboy Q and Sampa the Great among others, although he did say that these songs were likely to be saved for future episodes of Song Machine.
The song features Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. This song was released without an accompanying music video as a tribute to Allen, who died on 30 April. On 26 May, Gorillaz announced the release of a new book titled Gorillaz Almanac.
The book comes in three editions: standard, deluxe and super deluxe, all of which are set to release on 23 October but has since been delayed to 22 December [ needs update ] with a physical release of season one of Song Machine included with each copy. On 9 June, the band released " Friday 13th ", the fourth episode of Song Machine. The track features French-British rapper Octavian. The track features Robert Smith , from The Cure.
The track features Elton John and American rapper 6lack. Before the release of Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez , Gorillaz started a radio show on Apple Music called Song Machine Radio where each virtual character has a turn to invite special guests and play some of their favourite tunes. A few days from the release of Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez , Albarn confirmed that the band already has a song for Season Two of Song Machine prepared for release, and also mentioned that the second part of the project will be released earlier than expected.
The track features American singer Beck. The music video is somewhat notorious for being the first major studio production filmed in Grand Theft Auto V. The video ends with a reference to previous album, Plastic Beach. The track features British musician Leee John. Writers and critics have variously described Gorillaz as art pop ,  alternative rock ,  hip hop ,  electronic ,  trip hop ,  pop ,  dark pop ,  alternative hip hop ,  rap rock ,  indie rock ,  bedroom pop ,  dance-rock ,  new wave ,  funk ,  worldbeat ,  and experimental rock.
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It bleeds just as seamlessly into Demon Days ' album-ending title track This whole little closing act of the LP is quite brilliant, running beautifully on a theme with this tune as a reflective centerpiece.
And who doesn't fall victim to the charms of an angelic chorus? This Demon Days deep cut has a Western feel, the crashing symbols sound like a cowboy's heavy walk punctuated by the clinking of spurs. Albarn could be a man singing a sad song of love lost in an old saloon. The bright keys could be the dusty piano. It's a cinematic piece that grows ever more interesting and noisy in a sweeping, chaotic build, before coming down in a sunset of strings.
Nothing is resolved, and everything is as it should be. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. The title track from the Gorillaz' third studio album is a real creamy dream.
Funky creaks and croaks and wonks plop here and there among the cascading keys. It's also, essentially, a collaboration with punk all-timers The Clash , as both guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon grace the tune with classic cool. This is a summer song for when everything is wrong, but partying is still on the docket.
Del Th e Funk y Homosapien. He plays the role of drummer Russel's dead MC friend. Russel is possessed by Del, which is really not that bad of a deal. Gruff Rhys, De La Soul. Any song that opens with a clip of a commercial is a winner in my book. De La Soul's Trugoy grabs the baton of sarcastic capitalism and runs with it right into a bubble of cheeky fun.
The bouncing beat lulls you into a false sense of happiness as you crunch on your sugar-coated mind-control bites. Slurp up the pink-and-purple swirl of milk and wash away the feeling that there might be something more meaningful at stake.
There you are! You're ready for the dance floor called life. There's no denying the fabulous funk of this Humanz single. It's got an interstellar groove that boldly goes where no cartoon band has gone before.
It's a fun, seemingly innocuous song, but it's actually very personal to Albarn. It's named after a nightclub from his youth, and it was the only place that played soul music in the area. He tried to capture the spirit of those nights in the song. Monsters - Expanded by Empathy Test.
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