For those of you actually thinking we’re going to be discussing the nature of gorillas—are you even ok. For you lot, I will introduce Gorillaz, an English band that was founded in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. (Obviously I got those details from Wikipedia, but it’s a good starting point.)
Gorillaz have shown real growth over the years, with huge hits in the past such as “Clint Eastwood” (2001) and “Feel Good Inc” (2005)—which everyone should know about if you were born in the early 2000s—and more recent danceables such as “DoYaThing”. However that song was released in 2010, so the extent of how recent that song actually is debatable.
Nevertheless, something completely unexpected took place when Gorillaz released a few tunes from their 2017 album “Humanz”. And may I just say, the reactions were mixed, but most of everyone could agree on one primary thing: Gorillaz were extending their style into a slightly more modernised (or so you could refer to it) technique of producing music. Their style of visual presentation (aka the music video) remains just the same however.
The first released songs were “Saturnz Barz”, “Andromeda”, “Ascension”, and “We Got The Power”. Recently, “Sleeping Powder”, “Let Me Out”, and “The Apprentice” was also released. “Saturnz Barz” was up #1 on the Trending page on YouTube within the first day that it was published. What’s even more, two videos were released (almost at the same time) for it and right now, putting them together, they add up to 50 million views.
Nevertheless, while there is a bit more rapping and hip hop influence than the fans were prepared for, many are still delighted to see Gorillaz still producing their funky music. In fact, The Guardian even published an article that entitled “Humanz” within the title as a party album for a world gone mad. That is precisely what it is.
Make sure to give them a long listen here.