You are now tuned into the tomb of Jehova
Play my tunes loud enough to shake the room, what’s the hold up?
Heard the world is ending soon I assumed that they told ya
They tryna dinosaur us
So now it’s time to go up
These words are some of the first you hear when you listen to Gorillaz’ new album, “Humanz”. The words do not come from the mouth of lead vocalist Damon Albarn however (not even virtually), but from hip-hop artist Vince Staples (who “concidentally” will also be performing at RF18!).
Besides Staples, the new album features fellow rappers such as D.R.A.M., De La Soul and Pusha T. Other artists include Rag n Bone Man, Popcaan, Grace Jones and Anthony Hamilton. A star studded album, taking us across a broad array of styles but sewn together by a general feeling of dystopian gloom. A dark cloud that has always been present in Gorillaz songs; or as Pitchfork’s Jason Greene puts it:
Post-9/11 panic? Great Recession malaise? Trumpian discontent? Gorillaz have a song for that somewhere.
One of my personal favorite songs on the album is “Let me out”, feat Mavis Staples and Pusha T. Compared to some of the other songs on the album, this song is easy on the ear and reminds me of the Gorillaz sound I enjoy the most.
The award for the grooviest Humanz song has got to go to Strobelite, feat Peven Everett.