Gorillaz Long-Awaited New Album “Humanz” To Be Released This Friday

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The wait has been crucial, but the time is finally here, well, almost at least.

It was on March 23rd when Gorillaz announced their new album to be released through Parlophone and Warner Bros. on the band’s official Instagram. Ever since then, material has been dropped. Maybe to keep the public satisfied, but what it’s really done is make everyone anticipate “Humanz” even more.

Singles from the album have been released over the course of a few weeks with features like D.R.A.M. and Vince Staples on “Andromeda” and “Ascension“. “Saturnz Barz” ft. Popcaan and “We Got The Power” ft. Jehnny Beth sum up all four tracks that were released on March 23rd along with the Instagram post.

Other tracks that are already out for pre-order on iTunes are “Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T & Mavis Staples, as of April 6th; “The Apprentice” ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK released today; and “Hallelujah Money” ft. Benjamin Clementine which was released back in January with an official video.

The biggest so far is the announcement of their North American Tour. Taking place in July through October with shows in Boston, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, and many more. Big names from their album are expected to make guest appearances in different cities as well.

Once again, “Humanz” is expected to be released this coming Friday on April 28th. Hope you’re as excited as I am.

You can now pre-order the Deluxe Edition through iTunes!

Here’s the track list below in alphabetical order:

Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
Busted And Blue Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
Circle of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)
Halfway to the Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
Interlude: Elevator Going Up
Interlude: New World
Interlude: Penthouse
Interlude: Talk Radio
Interlude: The Elephant
Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)
Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)
Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

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Artists Unite and Concur at SXSW

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During the course of this past week, Austin, Texas hosted yet another blow-out experience of the annual SXSW.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media conferences and festivals usually taking place during the middle of March on Spring Break. It is a chance to come out and see your favorite artists perform and even get the chance to take a pic with them on the streets of Austin, but for those looking to network in the industry, SXSW would be right up your alley.

SXSW may be able to attract many heads with its headline artists, but the best thing about the festival in my experience is the opportunities it gives up-and-coming artists to perform, connect, or even sign to a label if the time is right (Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral signed to Interscope/Alamo Records at SXSW)!

Throughout the week you can see different artists from every genre coming out to the city using the excitement to promote their art, networking with others doing the same. Countless billboards and posters are placed all over the city, live performances on the street can be heard just walking by, promotional gifts handed out for completing social following tasks, interviews are held from bloggers and freelance writers; the whole thing makes you wonder why you’ve never attended sooner.

So if your an industry cat, or an artist looking for a chance at that next step in your career, I’d recommend to make sure your present for the festival next year. You can find the link to the SXSW website along with their complete Music Bloggers Guide below.

Official SXSW Website.

Music Bloggers guide here.