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Gorillaz
Humanz
 
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Release date: 28 April 2017

All release dates

Formats:

     CD:
        Standard CD   Cat. No. 0190295851200
        Ltd "Deluxe" Double CD   0190295851170

     Vinyl:
        Double Vinyl   0190295851194
        Ltd "Deluxe" Double Vinyl   0190295851187
        Ltd "Super Deluxe" 14LP Box Set   0190295842932

     Downloads:
        Standard Digital Download
        "Deluxe" Digital Download


Tracklist:

     01. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off

     02. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)


     03. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)


     04. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)


     05. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)


     06. Interlude: The Non-Conformist Oath


     07. Submission (feat. Danny Brown and Kelela)


     08. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)


     09. Interlude: Elevator Going Up


     10. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)


     11. Busted And Blue


     12. Interlude: Talk Radio


     13. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)


     14. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T)


     15. Interlude: Penthouse


     16. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz)


     17. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)


     18. Interlude: The Elephant


     19. Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)


     20. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

    "Deluxe" edition bonus tracks (CD and download only):


     21. Interlude: New World


     22. The Apprentice (feat. Rag'n'Bone Man, Zebra Katz and RAY BLK)


     23. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)


     24. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz and Imani Vonshà)


     25. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis)


     26. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)


Edition specific features:

  • "Deluxe" and "Super Deluxe" vinyl editions come with a 54-page hardback book featuring art by Jamie Hewlett.
  • Priced at £275, "Super Deluxe" vinyl box set includes exclusive alternate versions of the album tracks. Early copies sold through the official Gorillaz webstore were signed by Jamie Hewlett.
  • Vinyl editions included a download code for the standard edition of the album.
  • Pre-orders include immediate download of the singles:
    • "Andromeda" (available from Mar 23)
    • "Ascension" (Mar 23)
    • "Saturnz Barz" (Mar 23)
    • "We Got The Power" (Mar 23)
    • "Let Me Out" (Apr 6)
    • "The Apprentice" (Apr 24)


Producers:

  Damon Albarn

  The Twilite Tone

  Remi Kabaka

Engineer: Stephen Sedgwick

Artwork/design: Jamie Hewlett

Recorded:

  Sep/Oct 2015 to Dec 2016 (?) at
   
 Damon's Studio 13

  April 2016 at Jean-Michel Jarre's
   
 studio, Paris

  May 2016 in Chicago

  July 2016 (?) in New York

  August 2016 at Geejam Studios in
   
 Jamaica

  September 2016 in Devon

Recorded with the following guest artists:

  Anthony Hamilton

  Ben Mendelsohn

  Benjamin Clementine

  Brandon Markell Holmes (May 2016?)

  Carly Simon

  D.R.A.M.

  Danny Brown

  De La Soul

  Grace Jones

  Graham Coxon

  Imani Voshana

  Jamie Principle

  Jean-Michel Jarre (Apr 2016)

  Jehnny Beth

  Kali Uchis (Sep 2016)

  Kelela (Sep 2016)

  Kilo Kish

  Liam Bailey (Jan to Apr 2016)

  Mavis Staples

  Noel Gallagher

  Peven Everett

  Popcaan (Aug 2016?)

  Pusha T

  Rag'n'Bone Man (Oct 2016)

  Raury (Jan to Apr 2016)

  Ray BLK

  Two Inch Punch (Apr & Oct 2016)

  Vic Mensa (May 2016)

  Vince Staples

  Zebra Katz

  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (?)

  Faia (?)

  Snoop Dogg (?)

Please note that not all of the guest artists ended up on the album.

The recording dates are based on the studio video clips and pictures the artists have posted on the social media. Please note that the recording may have taken place outside these dates.

" I'm just sort of slowly going
through all tunes that sort of
didn't work out and finishing
them [40 to 45 leftover
tracks, including one with
Little Simz]."

Damon Albarn in April 2017
 (source: Beats 1)


" It was probably the hardest
 record I've ever made
 because it's based on
 principals of house music
 and hip-hop and funk and
 soul, which are not things I'm
necessarily associated with."

Damon Albarn in March 2017
 (source: Radio X)


" I was very happy to work
with such a great, great artist
 [Damon].
He’s such a unique,
 eclectic
animal."

Jean-Michel Jarre in July 2016
 (source: Hot Press)


" I've written quite a lot of
songs on the road this week
for Gorillaz. I find a lot of my
material for Gorillaz comes
when I'm in America. There's
an affinity there with it."

Damon Albarn at Bonnaroo
 in June 2014 (source: Fuse)

  
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Trivia:

  • Humanz is Gorillaz' "party record" set in a fictional post-Trump America. When recording the album [in 2015-16, before the presidential elections], the question in the studio was, "How would we feel if Trump had just won the elections? How would we party on that night?".
  • Jamie Hewlett explained the title Humanz in June's issue of Q: "Humanz is not a political statement about Trump - it's about a world in which he could get elected. Where are we as a race? Why haven't we grown out of this? Putting the Z on the end is not a hip-hop statement, it's more like an android Z. Are we human beings or just humanz? What the fuck is wrong with us?".
  • The album was premiered on April 21-23 at 'Humanz House Party', the largest ever geo-specific listening event (accessible via Gorillaz App).
  • The first official previews for Humanz were released in October 2016 when the 'Books' for each Gorillaz member appeared on the band's social media pages. The 'Books' tell how 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel ended up recording the album in London after their escape from Plastic Beach.
  • Although not credited as featured artists, Noel Gallagher provides backing vocals and Jean-Michel Jarre synthesizers on "We Got The Power". Graham Coxon was also to play guitar on the track, but according to Damon Albarn the collaboration turned out to be "too rocky" for the album. Instead, Graham is playing guitar on "Submission".
  • Guest artists whose contributions didn't end up on Humanz include Liam Bailey, Raury and Vic Mensa. Morrissey, Sade and Dionne Warwick passed up the opportunity to feature on the record.
  • The sample "press the button to begin" in the intro of "Saturnz Barz" is taken from the Interactive Planetarium toy board.
  • "Andromeda" is dedicated to the memory of Ethel, the mother of Damon's partner Suzi Winstanley. The song also pays a little tribute to Bobby Womack with a lyric line "It was Bobby gracing".
  • Leaks: The album's track titles were leaked on 17th March 2017 as they were found to be registered in the PPL database. A couple of days later, nearly finished versions of "Andromeda", "Busted And Blue", "Charger", "Saturnz Barz" and "Submission" were found on Vimeo (uploaded as private videos, but hacked quite quickly with the password "2017"). The full album was leaked on 20th April (the source was the accidentally sold vinyl from a Canadian record store).
  • Total running time (standard ver.): 49:19

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