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New Gorillaz album
Humanz
 
Humanz
Covers for different editions

Release Date: 28 April 2017

Formats:

     CD:
        Standard CD   Cat. No. 0190295851200
        Special Edition Double CD   0190295851170

     Vinyl:
        Double Vinyl   0190295851194
        Deluxe Double Vinyl + Art Book   0190295851187
        Super Deluxe Double Vinyl + Art Book (release date: 4 August 2017)

     Downloads:
        Standard Digital Download
        Deluxe Digital Download


Tracklist:

     01. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off

     02. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)


     03. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)


     04. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)


     05. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)


     06. Interlude: The Non-Conformist Oath


     07. Submission (feat. Danny Brown and Kelela)


     08. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)


     09. Interlude: Elevator Going Up


     10. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)


     11. Busted And Blue


     12. Interlude: Talk Radio


     13. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)


     14. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T)


     15. Interlude: Penthouse


     16. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz)


     17. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)


     18. Interlude: The Elephant


     19. Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)


     20. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

   Special/Deluxe Edition bonus tracks:


     21. Interlude: New World


     22. The Apprentice (feat. Rag'n'Bone Man, Zebra Katz and RAY BLK)


     23. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)


     24. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz and Imani Vonsh)


     25. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis)


     26. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)


Pre-oders include immediate download of four album tracks:
"Andromeda", "Ascension", "Saturnz Barz" and "We Got The Power"
 



Producers:

  Damon Albarn

  The Twilite Tone

  Remi Kabaka

Engineer: Stephen Sedgwick

Artwork/design: Jamie Hewlett

Recorded:

  Sep/Oct 2015 to Dec 2016 (?) at
   
 Damon's Studio 13

  April 2016 at Jean-Michel Jarre's
   
 studio, Paris

  May 2016 in Chicago

  August 2016 at Geejam Studios in
   
 Jamaica

  September 2016 in Devon

Recorded with the following guest artists:

  Anthony Hamilton

  Benjamin Clementine

  Brandon Markell Holmes (May 2016?)

  Carly Simon

  D.R.A.M.

  Danny Brown

  De La Soul

  Grace Jones

  Graham Coxon

  Imani Voshana

  Jamie Principle

  Jean-Michel Jarre (Apr 2016)

  Jehnny Beth

  Kali Uchis (Sep 2016)

  Kelela (Sep 2016)

  Kilo Kish

  Liam Bailey (Jan to Apr 2016)

  Mavis Staples

  Noel Gallagher

  Peven Everett

  Popcaan (Aug 2016?)

  Pusha T

  Rag'n'Bone Man (Oct 2016)

  Raury (Jan to Apr 2016)

  Ray BLK

  Two Inch Punch (Apr & Oct 2016)

  Vic Mensa (May 2016)

  Vince Staples

  Zebra Katz

  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (?)

  Snoop Dogg (?)

Please note that not all of the guest artists ended up on the album.

The recording dates are based on the studio video clips and pictures the artists have posted on the social media. Please note that the recording may have taken place outside these dates.

" Compared to "Hallelujah
Money" the rest of the
album sounds completely
different. Damon described
 it
as "house". It's extremely
 fast/uptempo compared to
 "Hallelujah
Money" and
 previous
Gorillaz work."

A fan who met Damon at the
 Fufanu gig on 22nd February
 2017 (source:  Gorillaz Reddit)


" Week 3 of #prep and it's
now #bandrehearsals for
next 3 weeks."

Mike Smith on 13th February
 2017 (source: Mike's Twitter)


" Ow! First video is painful."

Jamie Hewlett on 25th January
 2017 (source: Jamie's Instagram)


" Dancing on a new Gorillaz
 song passionately.
"

Emma de Caunes on 17th January
 2017 (source: Emma's Twitter)


" Im loving it and it's getting
there. It should be ready fairly
soon."

Damon Albarn in July 2016
 (source: BBC Radio 6 Music)

 
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Trivia:

  • On the surface, Humanz is Gorillaz' space-themed party record. However, it's deeper message revolves around the dystopian post-Trump world: how we would live in it?
  • The first official previews for Humanz were released in October 2016 when the 'Books' for each Gorillaz member appeared on the band's social media pages. The 'Books' tell how 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel ended up recording a new album in London after their escape from Plastic Beach.
  • The album's track titles were leaked on 17th March 2017 as they were found to be registered in the PPL database. A couple of days later, nearly finished versions of "Andromeda", "Busted And Blue", "Charger", "Saturnz Barz" and "Submission" were found on Vimeo (uploaded as private videos, but hacked quite quickly with the password "2017").
  • Although not credited as a featured artist, Noel Gallagher does backing vocals on "We Got The Power". Graham Coxon was also to feature on the track, but according to Damon the collaboration turned out to be "too rocky" for the album. Instead, Graham is apparently playing guitar on "Submission".
  • For Humanz era, Gorillaz have partnered with Electronic Beats who aims to offer exclusive Gorillaz content (such as live videos) in the form of augmented reality. The app will be released on 20th April 2017.
  • Guest artists whose contributions didn't end up on Humanz include Liam Bailey, Raury and Vic Mensa.

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