The Gorillaz were one musical ensemble that defined early adulthood for plenty of fellows in my generation. Their eclectic take on instrumental interpretations of hip hop were nouveau and fresh, think Beastie Boys meets Zero 7. The group was not always a fluid entity, and I was disappointed to hear that Del The Funky Homosapien wouldn’t be littering their new LP. Alas, the group has paired up with hipster friendly acts with contemporary name recognition, specifically, Little Dragon, Mos Def, and an interesting joint featuring UK spitters Kano and Bashy accompanied by the National Lebanese Orchestra! Overall, I find the album to be a little too experimental for my liking, and not because I’m neophobic, but because of the predictability of their so-called experimentation. It sounds weird, for the sake of sounding weird, and that has left a bad taste in my ears. Listen to 3 joints off the new album, and pretend to be daring by listening to the whole album.
Stylo – featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def
Empire Ants – featuring Little Dragon
White Flag – featuring Kano, Bashy & The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music
They also put out a viral online game for the album, you can check that out here. It’s not eclectic or fun.