Genre spanning Damon Albarn project Gorillaz are currently in the studio recording a brand new record. Hip Hop collective De La Soul are confirmed to be collaborating on the album and have spoken out about its musical direction and guest artists.
De La Soul have had an affiliation with Albarn since they first collaborated together on the Gorillaz track ‘Feel Good Inc’ in 2005. The track still stands as one of Gorillaz’ biggest hits, charting at number 2 in the UK and number 1 in the US. The group also featured on ‘Superfast Jellyfish’ from the 2010 album ‘Plastic Beach’.
Albarn has recently returned the favour by guesting on De La Soul’s latest album ‘And The Anonymous Nobody…’ Rapper Pos had this to say about the groups association with former Blur frontman: “Collaborations come when we feel we’ve got something that would be a great match for an artist. With Damon, it was easy because we love working with him. We’re about to be on the new Gorillaz album.”
He went on to say of the upcoming Gorillaz record: “We actually sat down two weeks ago with Damon, and he played us some of the new album. It sounds amazing. He played us a song he wants us to get off to on the album, so we got in the studio and put that down.”
So far it has been confirmed that the album will be released sometime in 2017, and is set to feature guest appearances from Jean Michel Jarre, Liam Bailey and Vic Mesna. It has also been suggested that Massive Attack will feature on one of the tracks.
Pos went on to leak another snippet of information about a special guest collaborator adding: “Snoop was also performing on the record when we were over there. He pulled us to one side and said ‘Hey man, we never performed together. Can we get this going?”