Since 2000 I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the Gorillaz — the band that made their big debut with the EP Tomorrow Comes Today, and a record about having sunshine in a bag. Hearing the great news that they were dropping a new album for the first time in 7 years had me thrilled and at that moment, I was already imagining the sounds they were going to bring. From seeing the cover art, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the Demon Dayz cover art and the Humanz Cover art. The similarities lead me to believe the virtual band was going to pick up right where they left off in 2005. I was hoping they were going to give us even groovier records than Demon Dayz’s “DARE” and more hip-hop influenced songs like “Stylo.” But back when Demon Dayz was taking over our iPod nano’s, the blurring of music genre lines had us addicted and solidified most us as fans. Like most, throughout these 7 years I’ve been patiently waiting to see if they were going to explore their hip-hop influenced sound even more. I was actually expecting them to take their music to the next level by featuring well known hip-hop artists that truly emphasizes their unique sound.
Overall, the Gorillaz’s fifth studio album Humanz went above and beyond my expectations and it was definitely worth that 7 years of waiting. The album of 26 songs is everything we love about the band all in one as well as those futuristic light and dark sounds we love hearing from them. The most impressive tracks on the album has to be “Andromeda,” featuring D.R.A.M. and “Let Me Out,” featuring Pusha T and Mavis Staples. As I expected, the virtual band dived deeper into their music making ability and created an album with euphoric and heavenly sounds. From beginning to end Humanz is a music blending masterpiece fit for any music lover. If you haven’t already checked out the album, it is available on any streaming platform. Also, feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts on the album.