Gorillaz have all but broken the Internet these past few months. With the announcement of their Demon Dayz festival, “Spirit House” experiences, and more, fans have had a lot to take in from the influential group. Now, Humanz, in its deluxe form, has arrived–making it one of the most monumental album announcements of 2017.
A spoken word intro, “I Switched My Robot Off,” makes way for the 25 remaining tracks, feauturing massive collaborators, such as Vince Staples, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M., and so many more. The album, as a whole, brings an air of nostalgia with a modernized twist.
“Strobelite” (feat. Peven Everett) provides a disco-esque vibe, while the previously released “Saturnz Barz” (feat. Popcaan) leads as one of the album’s stand-out tracks. “Momentz” (feat. De La Soul) offers isolated vocals, setting itself up for potential remixes that are sure to come. Danny Brown & Kelala find themselves swimming in summertime soul on “Submission,” while Jamaican lyricist Grace Jones gets pleasantly lost in the brooding guitar leads and dark synth-work of “Charger.”
A second interlude proposes a surge of energy for the album’s remainder. “Carnival” (feat. Anthony Hamilton) is a must-listen–the group’s signature sound meshes brilliantly with the GRAMMY award-winning vocalist. Pusha T, as always, stands out in the politically-charged collaboration with Mavis Staples, “Let Me Out.”
“Obama is gone, who is left to save us?”
“Sex Murder Party” with Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz is a sexually-loaded anthem that craves attention, while “Halfway To The Halfway House” oozes feelings of Nirvana. “Out Of Body” brings out 16-bit nostalgia, before the album slows down with its remaining two tracks and ends on a high note, with features from Carly Simon, Kali Uchis, and Brandon Markell Holmes.
Overall, Humans (Deluxe) is a diverse album that shows hard-work, patience, and an ability to progress sound with time. Gorillaz have outdone themselves with this one and will surely benefit from their efforts on their upcoming tour circuit.
Stream Humans (Deluxe) in its entirety below and view their upcoming tour dates here.
Gorillaz have also taken to Reddit for an ‘Ask Me Anything,’ revealing suggestions for how to listen to the album (be careful), music recommendations, plus thoughts on Clint Eastwood, immortality, thongs, and more. Check it out here.