Gorillaz partner with Pandora for the Sounds Like You Campaign

In a virtual Q&A (because, you know, they’re cartoons) debuting on Mashable, 2D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle clue you in on everything to listen for on their forthcoming album, Humanz, including “Wheels on the Bus” and the unspeakable things one might do to a succulent.

What artists, albums or songs past or present have most inspired you as an artist? 

2D: I’m actually a big Michael Buble fan. He—
Murdoc: You know which artist has inspired me the most? Me. The only downside is I’m only one man. If there was some way I could clone myself, I’d be fucking amazing to collaborate with. I’ve actually got a team of eggheads working on it as we speak.
Russel: Gotta give props to Biggie, ODB & MC Lyte. Keepin’ it real for Brooklyn.

When you think about your unique sounds, how would you describe what you sound like?

Russel: The Humanz groove is a new direction for us in the studio, coming courtesy of the 909, that funky, mind-bending Chicago sound. That little box should be called the ‘999’, for funk emergencies. Having Jamie Principle, crown prince of Chicago House on the record sure helps, too.
Noodle: Gorillaz is a fusion of personalities, styles, and viewpoints from the margins of the musical cosmos. I think our sound is unique because we have no ‘sound’, exactly.
Murdoc: Bang on, Noodle. One of the things that makes us unique – apart from my incomparable genius and record-shattering genitalia – is the way we work with collaborators. It constantly forces you out of your comfort zone. The day you can pigeonhole Gorillaz is the day I fill my pockets with stones and walk into the sea.  Read More

Dancing At The End Of The World

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Damon Albarn resurrects Gorillaz with the dystopian party of Humanz.

 “Imagine a night where everything that you believed in was turned on its head. How would you feel?” Just over a year ago, Damon Albarn was beginning, in earnest, to make the new Gorillaz album, Humanz. As he reached out to the predictably dizzying array of collaborators, that was the main question he asked them: a basic premise plucked from a looming disaster out on 2016’s horizon.
Soon after the official announcement of Humanz and some weeks from its release, I am with Albarn at his hotel on a torrentially rainy day in Manhattan. The last time I spoke to him, in 2014, he was promoting his first true solo album under his own name, Everyday Robots. Perhaps understandably, he was a little bristly and evasive if you asked him about the prospect of new Blur or Gorillaz at that time.

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It’s the end of the world, and they feel fine…

When Damon Albarn started to think about reactivating his great collaborative project Gorillaz after a seven-year break, he knew he wanted to make an album about “pain, joy, urgency.” But first he had to mend a broken partnership with visual mastermind Jamie Hewlett. Dorian Lynskey finds them reunited and taking aim at brexit, trump and the whole darn world.

Ten years ago in, an online post that went viral, an American woman named Andrea
Donderi divided people into Askers and Guessers. Guessers, she wrote, won’t ask for what they want unless they’re pretty sure they’ll get a yes, so they often hold back. Askers, on the other hand, will request anything because they don’t mind if the answer is no. Damon Albarn is pop’s Asker-in-chief. Each time he’s making an album with Gorillaz Gorillaz his constantly mutating , his constantly mutating collaboration with artist Jamie Hewlett, he decides which voices will suit the songs and tries his luck. This time Sade politely declined; so, after an entertaining monthlong email exchange, did Morrissey. Dionne Warwick passed for the second time because the lyrics conflicted with her religious sensibilities. In the past, Barry Gibb and Engelbert Humperdinck have also given Gorillaz the bum’s rush. Albarn never minds.
“I don’t take rejection personally,” he says cheerfully. “The more people you put your
arms around, the better it is.” Read More

Meet the Gorillaz

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The Gorillaz launched their partnership with Telekom Electronic Beats by writing out their wild origin stories. Get to know Murdoc, Noodle, 2D and Russel.

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Hajimemashite! That means “nice to meet you” in Japanese. Noodle here from Gorillaz. Of course you know that, but I have to check, because recently I did a Facebook quiz called Which Member of Gorillaz Are You? and I got Russel! WTF? He doesn’t like octopus and he’s not even a Libra.

So I will set the records straight, as they say. I play guitar, sing and write songs. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall, wear size 36 boots and am trained in most medium and heavy caliber weaponry. My hobbies are hot yoga, quantum physics, manga, shoe design and online gaming (handle: EatMyRocketLauncher). My musical influences include Swarrrm, Sigh, Blood Stain Child and, um, Backstreet Boys (I know, I know, but I was just a girl). Read More

2D of Gorillaz Dishes on His Gap Year and Makes Us a Playlist

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Gorillaz are up to something. As in, up to a new album. After re-joining social media, the fab-foursome of 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel revealed to the world just what the hell they have been up to in the years since their last album, 2010’s excellent Plastic Beach. In so many words, they have been up to a truly bizarre set of solo adventures.

And as strange as each of their individual journeys have been, none are quite as strange as the one embarked upon by lead singer and keyboardist, 2D. His visual story revealed a tale of woe and loss that involved a giant whale, starvation and going on his first-ever gap year.

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