Welcome to Plastic Beach

9 Mar

After five years getting wasted in Mexican brothels, making a possessed album in Ike Turner’s basement and finding themselves, Gorillaz are back.

The Wonderful World of Plastic Beach

I demand that everyone be as excited about the new Gorillaz album as me.

True, Murdoch, the Satanist bass player has been popping up everywhere but to me it seems relatively unnoticed. I feel like there’s been a hole in the music market since Gorillaz left the sound stage 5 years ago. I’ve just been cruising along on meaningless pop, listening to Radio One and waiting for something original to happen!

Although, technically, I should be over the whole virtual-band-with-storyline concept by now, I’m really not. An integral part of what makes Gorillaz great is that mystique. Phase Three of the story is starting with a cyborg Noodle, 2D being trapped in an underwater cell by Murdoch, and Russel… Well, I’m not even sure about him, but I know he’s on his way to Plastic Beach.

Meet the Band

L-R: Murdoch, Russel, 2D. Front: Noodles

Plastic Beach is what we’ve been waiting for and as (possibly) the last Gorillaz album, it’s what they do best – a ridiculously cool mixture of dance and hip-hop, with a new twist of synth-pop and a hundred other things besides.

This album has a shed load of big names helping out too: Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Lou Reed, De La Soul, Kano, The Horrors, half of The Clash and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music, and others I don’t even have time to name!

Pretty much all of Plastic Beach is available to listen to for free online, but the first single available to buy is Stylo, described as ‘Crack funk’ – it is pretty laid out, chilled and funky, but it needs a couple of listens before it gets to you, unlike Feel Good Inc., which was an instant classic.

Have a listen and tell me what you think about one of the (many) new sounds to have washed up on Plastic Beach.


2 Responses to “Welcome to Plastic Beach”

  1. Matt Barker March 11, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Totally agree with your review of ‘Plastic Beach’!

    Awesome and brilliant, I seriously doubt Gorillaz will produce a better album than this. 10 out of 10

    No fillers, just genius music!

    • Lalah-Simone Springer April 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Well this is supposed to be the final album!
      Compared to the others though, I see what you mean – they tended to grab one genre and stick to it, but this is just a range. Something for everyone, and all that… Love it!

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