Jungle Boogie

Earlier this year, Gorillaz released their third studio album, Plastic Beach, the follow-up to Demon Days (2005). The band is the creation of Blur’s Damon Albarn and the comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. The group’s members are represented by animated characters who appear on their album covers, music videos and publicity material. Despite this “virtual” existence, the band’s singles and albums have been both commercial and critical successes. In addition to this imagined world, Albarn is currently gigging around the Southern Hemisphere with a touring band that includes The Clash’s rhythm section. He has also written a load of new material that he has recorded onto his iPad. He’s got enough songs for Gorillaz’s next album and has revealed that the band’s fourth record will be released before the end of the year. In fact, it’s going to be available for free from their website on Christmas Day. I don’t know if you need to be a member of their fan club to receive the files as a Christmas present, though I’m sure that will become more clear before the 25th. The sad news for fans of the band is that this could be Gorillaz’s last record as they’ve indicated that this particular musical project may be about to end

Gorillaz’s eponymous debut album had been nominated for the 2001 Mercury Music Prize, but the band requested that it be removed from the list because of the band’s “virtual” status. That didn’t stop them from recording a track from the album that won this year’s Mercury Prize. Their simple take on the already understated Crystalised by The xx was recently performed on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The version below was given the remix treatment by some dude named JThunder and it’s not bad at all. The two songs that follow it are covers of a couple of Gorillaz’s hit singles. Editors appeared on the Live Lounge a few years back and did a fine version of Feel Good Inc. Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra is the creation of an American musician living in London and his band’s take on Clint Eastwood is taken from their album called Hits the Hits. Tune in again in a few weeks when I hope to have more news about the fourth Gorillaz album

Crystalised (The XX Cover) (JThunder Mix) – Gorillaz

Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz cover) – Editors

Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz cover) – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orch

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    • They sure do, Jenny. I’m looking forward to hearing how the album they’ll release on Christmas Day will sound

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