The Gorillaz claim to have found their motley crew of cartoon characters sleeping in Leicester Square, but Blur's Damon Albarn (a.k.a. 2-D) and cult cartoonist Jamie Hewlett (Murdoc) aren't fooling anyone. As the ultimate experiment in manufactured image, the Gorillaz are a virtual cartoon-character-based hip-hop band who bring together witty, silly lyrics and talented musicians.
Infectious old-school hip-hop rhythms, rhymes, and effects courtesy of Deltron 3030's Kid Koala and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (Russel) are combined with Albarn's passion for chugging lo-fi and edgy melodies to create a seemingly raw but ultimately slick blend of styles. This is nowhere more evident than on the hit single "Clint Eastwood," which is carried along by the sound of 2-D's slurred voice and a bluesy harmonica melody interrupted by Russel's punching rhymes. But the surprises don't stop there: Ibrahim Ferrer's appearance on "Latin Simone" could have come straight from Buena Vista Social Club but for the obvious Blur-influenced piano style, while the spooky intro to "M1 A1" wouldn't sound out of place on Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Backed by Jamie Hewlett's death-wish character on bass, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori (Noodle) on guitar and occasional hyperactive vocals, and produced by Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, it's hardly surprising that Gorillaz is marked both by a sense of playfulness and a passion for experimentation.
Tomorrow Comes Today
New Genious (Brother)
Man Research (Clapper)
Sound Check (Gravity)
Rock The House
Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)
Clint Eastwood (Ed Case / Sweetie Irie Re-Fix)
Catalogue numbers: 7243 5 31138 1 0
Copyright (c)-Gorillaz Partnership
Copyright (c)-Parlophone Records Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Parlophone Records Ltd.
Record Company-Warner Music Group
Recorded At-Geejam Studios
Published By-EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Published By-Ensign Music Corp.
Published By-Harbro Music
Published By-Laurel Show Music
Published By-Pookie Tree Publishing Co.
Published By-World Circuit Music Publishing Ltd.
Mastered At-The Town House
Barcodes & Identifiers:
Matrix / Runout-T.B. @ Townhouse
Matrix / Runout-B
Matrix / Runout-C
Matrix / Runout-5311381 1A1
Matrix / Runout-5311381 1B1
Matrix / Runout-5311381 1C1
Matrix / Runout-5311381 1D1
Rights Society-bel BIEM
Price Code-F:PM 262
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)