Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fall

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Damon Albarn says Del the Funky Homosapien punctured a lung during the rapper’s Gorillaz show stage fallDel The Funky Homosapien Damon Albarn

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed in a new Beats 1 Radio interview with Matt Wilkinson that Del the Funky Homosapien has suffered severe injuries following his fall at the band’s performance from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival on July 7. Albarn confirmed,

“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”

“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”

The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”

Godspeed, Del.

H/T: Pitchfork

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Gorillaz to debut their new record ‘The Now Now’ live from the Boiler Room in Tokyo

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Gorillaz are performing their brand new album The Now Now live for the first time ever on the Boiler Room in Tokyo. Announced for Sunday, June 24, Gorillaz will take the stage with a unique combination of atmospheric visuals taken from their stage show.

The album’s full live debut comes after a steady stream of lead up singles, most recently with the introspective, psychedelic “Fire Flies.” Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s impending new collection, The Now Now, marks the virtual band’s sixth studio album and will officially be released on June 29 via Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records.

Gorillaz continue album rollout with ‘Fire Flies’

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The Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz continue rollout for The Now Now with the release of their fourth new single, “Fire Flies.”

The mellow slow-burn follows already shared tracks “Sorcererz,” Humility,” and “Lake Zurich.” Severely less danceable than any of the singles shared thus far, “Fire Flies” sees Albarn leaning into his introspective side. It’s the most intimate look at the record yet, a prolonged psychedelic interlude that feels like a funk-infused culmination of the band’s earliest material.

The Now Now is out June 29 via Warner Bros.

Gorillaz share studio version of sleek, new danceable track ‘Sorcererz’

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Just recently, Gorillaz debuted four new tracks at their first live performance since announcing their forthcoming LP, The Now Now. Now, they’ve shared the studio version of “Sorcererz,” an extremely danceable tune which was premiered at Germany’s Rock im Park.

“Sorcererz” is a warm new take from the group, which seems to rely heavily on the groove that “Humility,” “Lake Zurich,” and alot of their older material rides out. Perhaps, it’s even fair to say this ’80s-inspired take is what could have potentially happened had Albarn, who reportedly turned down the chance to work with Prince, accepted he couldn’t smoke in the studio.

The Now Now is out June 29 on Warner Bros.

WATCH: Gorillaz debut four new songs live

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Gorillaz debuted four new songs off their forthcoming LP,  The Now Now, at a recent performanceThe new tracks debuted at Germany’s Rock im Park, the first time the band’s taken the stage since announcing their upcoming album. Damon Albarn and co. premiered “Tranz,” “Magic City,” “Sorcererz,” and “Souk Eye.”

As originally pointed out by Consequence of Sound, The Now Now is just 11 tracks long, so the new songs Gorillaz played in their set including, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich” were the majority of the record.

Full show:


“Magic City”:


“Souk Eye”:

H/T: Consequence of Sound

Gorillaz have a new album set for a June 29 release, ‘The Now Now’

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After nearly six years of radio silence, Gorillaz returned last year with a massive comeback campaign behind their fifth studio album, Humanz. Naturally, fans wondered whether another prolonged hiatus was ahead for more new music from the English virtual band.

Following the album’s acclaimed release, while the group was deep into their Humanz world tour, a surprising reveal came when front man Damon Albarn let slip in a series of interviews that they had enough material to fill several albums. At the end of 2017, the group’s illustrator Jamie Hewlett confirmed the hype to a German art book publisher.

“We’re working on another Gorilllaz album that we’re going to be releasing next year,” Hewlett said.

Gorillaz fans can now finally rejoice for that album has received a title and release date. The album fate, known as The Now Now, seemed shaky when Albarn recently lost his laptop in the back of a cab, containing the record’s master copy. With the device successfully returned, and presumably without any new Gorillaz materials leaked, we’re in for a treat this summer as the world’s favorite semi-animated electronic band returns with their sixth studio LP.

Feel Bad Inc: Apparently Damon Albarn left a master copy of the new Gorillaz album in the back of a taxi

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Damon Albarn and co. are on melancholy hill after the Gorillaz frontman left his laptop with a master copy of the group’s new album in the back of a taxi.

Having confirmed plans for a new record in 2018, even going so far as to reveal he had 40-50 songs ready to release after Humanz, The Mirror‘s reporting that his laptop turned up in the back of a taxi after Albarn had an evening out of drinking.

“It was a disaster,” a source told The Mirror. 

“Damon oversees everything and, with Gorillaz, it’s not just audio – it’s the expensive visuals as well. The laptop’s contents are priceless. But after a night at Groucho, Damon accidentally left it in a cab and caused a huge panic.”

The source also claims that the album is strongly inspired by Albarn’s strong anti-Brexit views and that there are plans to release it as early as next month.

Lucky for Albarn, hopes for a better tomorrow come today. The album has been returned by the taxi driver and a crisis has been averted, so long as nobody ripped it along the way. Regardless, new Gorillaz seems imminent.


Nic Fanciulli taps Damon Albarn for blissful ‘Saying’

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UK house virtuoso Nic Fanciulli returns with a full-length album October 20. Ten years in the making, My Heart is a collaboration-heavy work delving into Fanciulli’s decade-spanning career at the forefront of the underground scene. On My Heart, Fanciulli explores the amalgamation of his experiences and passions.

Leading up to the release, the producer has teamed with Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn for an introspective number off the album entitled “Saying.”

The track is a testament to Fanciulli’s deeply emotive M.O. In true, archetypal Fanciulli-fashion, the track’s centered around shimmering synths, only to be strengthened and texturized by way of Albarn’s vocals layered underneath.

Judging by the glimpses into the record thus far —  including “Wrong,” “Little L,” “The Perfect Crime,” and now “Saying” — My Heart has the potential to shine as a top celestial house record of the year in its cinematically-inclined, moving sentiments.

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Gorillaz may have another surprise album in the works

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2017 has been an exhilarating ride for Gorillaz fans.

The highly anticipated Humanz hit the shelves— paired with an extraordinary, over the top roll out— the group’s lead Damon Albarn has collaborated with Mura Masa, and the group’s since gone on to tour the world. It would seem, that in the mind of Albarn, their creative output will never end. In conjunction with that belief, Albarn’s announced Gorillaz may have another surprise album in their pipeline.

While Gorillaz is currently amidst their Humanz world tour, Albarn is already planning out the next move.

“I really like the idea of making new music and playing it live almost simultaneously,” Albarn told Q Magazine. “It will be a more complete record than ‘The Fall’, but hopefully have that spontaneity.”

In Dec. 2010, Gorillaz orchestrated the surprise release of their fourth album, The Fall. Now, it looks like they Albarn wants to echo a sentiment similar to this earlier record’s roll out once more.

“We’ve been discussing ideas for a new kind of live show,” he continued. “If we’re going to do more with Gorillaz we don’t want to wait seven years because, y’know, we’re getting on a bit now. We’re excited but we need to get these shows finished first. You never know what’s around the corner.”

“My dream of being able to see holograms of real people onstage is close now,” Albarn continued. “That was the idea at the beginning. We’ve been very patient and we don’t have that long left.”

Albarn hasn’t hinted at when this impulsive record will see the light of day. Judging by his hints at the work and the nature of a surprise,  we’ll just have to wait and see. Even if he does foresee the end of Gorillaz in sight, fortunately, their work will live on in the electronic realm forevermore.


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Watch Gorillaz perform ‘Empire Ants’ live for the first time in seven years at Outside Lands

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A Gorillaz show always lives up to the hype. Riding the success of their latest album Humanz, they continue to prove this notion even further with their fiery headlining set at Outside Lands’ tenth anniversary in San Francisco. They brought out an impressive array of collaborators as per usual, one of which was none other than Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon. Nagano, who also played the festival, joined Damon Albarn on stage for a live rendition of their joint record “Empire Ants,” marking the very first time Gorillaz had performed it live since Plastic Beach came out in 2010.


H/T: Stereogum

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