Posts Tagged ‘Gorillaz’

October 31, 2017

Today’s a very special day. Not only is it one of my favorite ghoulish holidays, Halloween, but a surprise new Gorillaz track has surfaced, too! Garage Palace features hip hop sensation Little Simz on guest vocals, and it comes with an awesome animated music video in which she fights zombies alongside the band. The track comes off of the deluxe vinyl release of Humanz, due out as a “Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset” on November 3rd. Pre-order, here. Garage Palace is available, here.

September 8, 2017

Legendary band Gorillaz was a highlight of my Outside Lands Music Festival experience last month. Though they headlined the first of three days, I’m not sure any other set I caught measured up to their sprawling set, replete with unexpected guest cameos. Of course, Damon Albarn and the rest of the crew performed plenty of songs off recent album Humanz. Today, we dance into the deep of the night to a mesmeric remix of Humanz cut Busted and Blue by esteemed Finish producer Yotto. An imposing tidal wave of deep glorious house and atmospheric techno greets our ears as we venture into the depths of this visceral remix. Yotto takes us to a state of nirvana with his hypnotic remix, which can be streamed and downloaded, here.

August 21, 2017

The Gorillaz were legendary at Outside Lands Music Festival just a little over a week ago. Some say their Outside Lands performance was by far better than their Coachella ones. I wouldn’t be surprised, if so. Damon Albarn and his band lead a flurry of sensational guest artists on a massive headlining adventure that night, and despite how tired I was, and how cold it was (as usual) at Golden Gate Park, I found myself fixated till the very end of that stunning set. Those familiar with the songs off recent Gorillaz album Humanz know how upbeat and energetic many of its genre defying tracks are. Today, we delve into a remix of one such track, Strobelite featuring Peven Everett, by none other than esteemed and adored Canadian production prodigy Kaytranada. The producer is the perfect artist to tap for a Gorillaz remix. He leads the charge with a chic and stylish transformation of Strobelight that takes full advantage of its soulful R&B swagger. The original is available on iTunes, here.

June 8, 2017

Oh, hey, more fresh Gorillaz music after we just received that long awaited album HUMANZ? We must have done something really right! According to Damon Albarn, the band had more than forty tracks that were left on the cutting room floor when they put HUMANZ together. Sleeping Powder was one of those tracks, and I’m seriously digging it. It’s a murky grooving jam and a surreal trip that comes with an equally heady animated video which starts off with that famous 80′s “this is your brains on drugs” ad that always made me crave a fried egg. I’m pretty sure that’s not what they meant to do with the ad, but the message came through anyway. Who needs them when we have Sleeping Powder and a cool new visualizer starring 2-D?

May 17, 2017
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I’ve been listening to that long awaited new Gorillaz album for much of the past few weeks. There’s no denying Humanz is one of the most creatively crafted and inventively constructed records of the year. At 20 tracks long (including several interludes), it might feel a bit long, but each subsequent track brings us a new sound and a genius new collaboration. Magnificent edits of certain tracks off Humanz have slowly surfaced over the course of these same few weeks, including this remix of Ascension, which of course, features the great Vince Staples. English producer Nic Fanciulli offers up an edit whose combination of house, techno, and garage comes jam packed with grimy warehouse vibes. The sublime hypnosis it induces leaves me feeling like I’ve been jubilantly dancing all night long  in a dimly lit club. The sun’s come up, but we’re not ready to leave yet. We can dance all day to this remix, too. Purchase/stream the track via alternate sources, here.

April 9, 2017

It goes without saying that a Bonobo remix of one of the Gorillaz’s brilliant new tunes is in itself a brilliant feat. The esteemed British producer gives Andromeda the signature Bonobo treatment, creating an ambient soundscape full of trickling beats and ethereal chimes. Step into Bonobo’s dusky dreamscape, where Damon Albarn serenades us with a feathery soft voice. Take this one to a smoke filled lounge and dance the night away in bliss. Perhaps I’ll get to hear Bonobo’s Andromeda remix live when he plays the Fox Oakland later this week. Stream or download the track from alternate sources, here.

January 20, 2017

Several colossal releases surfaced today, including Gorillaz’ long awaited return. The band has been teasing us for some time now regarding new material on the horizon, be it through creative use of their young instagram account or through various other social outlets. As with so many other songs this month, Hallelujah Money, which features English baroque pop and art rock artist Benjamin Clementine on spellbinding vocals, is a politics inspired tune. Even its video reflects America’s current state of affairs. The song itself is fresh and peculiar, as one would expect from Damon Albarn’s esteemed band. The apocalyptic rock opera is a first taste from a full length coming later this year.

February 13, 2016
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Austrian producer filous has presented us with a much unexpected treat, and he’s even enlisted Spanish chanteuse LissA to grace us with her gorgeous voice on it, too. Feel Good Inc is an imaginative, innovative rendition of the Gorillaz timeless classic, one which I can rarely resist singing along to when its melody hits my ears. filous gives us an immensely “feel good” indie dance version of Feel Good Inc, one with plenty of the producer’s signature chill, summery house vibes. He’s about to kick off his European tour, too. For details about his Dusk Till Dawn Tour, head over here. filous’ Feel Good Inc, featuring LissA, is a free download, here.

December 26, 2014
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Los Angeles based producer Unlike Pluto, aka Armond Arabshashi, had me grinning ear to ear this morning with some of his remixes, which I proceeded to share on my own personal Facebook page and bump on repeat for a large portion of the morning. They carry perfect filthy beats for a crisp Christmas morning. His latest track just released is a remix of Diplo’s huge hit Revolution, featuring Faustix, Imanos, & Kai. It’s a revolution, indeed. The trap edit is so incredibly buoyant, every time I play it, I find myself bouncing to the beat on my feet. It’s happening again, right now! I can’t help myself! The Revolution remix follows on a killer “remix” of Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood earlier this year. I place quotes around “remix” because what he does with the track is epic and massive, bordering on really just “sampling” Clint Eastwood. Chill trap to the max, Unlike Pluto brings in so many ear teasing and pleasing elements on the song. It’s like a buffet of sound, transfixing me non-stop. Stream below if you’ve never heard it. Brilliant. Fans of Flume, take heed.

Phish’s Trey Anastasio covers Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood

October 8, 2012

I’m not a Phishhead, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this cover of Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood by Trey Anastasio and his band for his solo album Traveler. When the track first started, I was wondering what he was gonna bring new to the track. The beginning sounded super similar to the original with Trey’s vocals so similar to Damon Albarn’s. Then the funky, brassy verses by Jennifer Hartswick kicked in and my eyes widened.