- Mon, 2010-11-22 13:13
Word on the street is that Damon ‘I Just Can’t Stop Creating’ Albarn is hoping to release a new Gorillaz album before Christmas. No, not Christmas 2011, Christmas-in-four-weeks-time-Christmas. As if that wasn’t an ambitious enough brief, he claims to have created the album in its entirety on his iPad. That’s in between forming a new and band and recording a debut album with Tony Allen and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as hinting at new material from Blur and The Good, The Bad & The Queen. He’s a busy chap.
Whether any of this will come to fruition we simply don’t know. What we do know is that in the meantime we can tide ourselves over with a new, stand-alone single from the cartoon troupe: Doncomatic, featuring Daley. Here is what Murdoc has to say about the tune:
I actually found Daley washed up on Plastic Beach – covered in oil and singing to a seagull…or was it an albatross? Anyway, I recognise golden pipes when I hear ‘em so I popped a bag over his head, hosed the boy down and chucked him in the studio with Noodle and her 8-track. I left them to it whilst I stepped outside for a Lucky Lung or three, and when I popped back in this is what they’d come up with! Am I a genius or WHAT?!?
The tune is of an equally high calibre as those that made it onto Plastic Beach, with the same range of synths – now sparklingly clean, now wheezing and pixelated – bouncing along in a jaunty groove. The stand-out feature of the track has to be Daley’s incredible vocal performance. Previously without a release to his name, the young London-based vocalist boasts a deeply soulful and lithe delivery. Check out this video of him performing Maxwell’s Pretty Wings live, which we think has a touch of Jeff Buckley live at the Sin-é about its arresting simplicity and general atmosphere:
And there’s more. Look up dubstep wunderkind Joker’s remix of Doncomatic if you fancy intense beauty side by side with crushing bass.