New Gorillaz: Stream the 3-Song ‘Meanwhile …’ EP, ft. AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman, Barrington Levy and Alicaì Harley

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Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the innovative duo behind the visionary “virtual band” project Gorillaz, surprise-released a new 3-song EP on Thursday.

A news release describes Meanwhile… as a “joyous homage to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, paused this year due to the pandemic, and West London, home to the band’s Kong Studios.” It was the 2000 Carnival that marked Gorillaz’ debut public performance with “Clint Eastwood,” the track that helped launch the project to the masses.

The three new songs feature special guests AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman, Barrington Levy and Alicaì Harley, and are an immediate and engaging batch of new tunes.

Here’s “Jimmy Jimmy,” ft. AJ Tracey, a steel-pan infused track that is a bit reminiscent of the Clash (whose Mick Jones has been a Gorillaz collaborator in the past):

“Déjà Vu” was recorded live in London with Alicaì Harley:

The title track, “Meanwhile…,” features Jelani Blackman and reggae legend Barrington Levy:

Gorillaz recently performed two special concerts at London’s O2 Arena, debuting each of the new tracks. Here’s “Jimmy Jimmy” from one of the shows:

This new activity from Gorillaz comes as Albarn prepares to release The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, his new solo album and first since 2014, on Nov. 12.

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