Returning from a six-year hiatus, Gorillaz’s new album Humanz is a direct emotional response to the political turmoil that is 2017. Written during 2016, before Trump’s election win, the long list of collaborators were informed to conceptualise Humanz as a party album for a dystopian world.
Multiple tracks on the album such as ‘Let Me Out’ and ‘Hallelujah Money’ respond directly to the current political situation, however Damon Albarn ensured all references to Trump were removed. Both tracks are fundamentally different in sound as Benjamin Clementine brings soulful vocals to Hallelujah Money whilst Let Me Out features American rapper Pusha T.
Humanz brings together a collection of different tracks, from their lyrical content to overall sound. What it lacks however is an overall consistency throughout – ‘Busted and Blue’ is an example of a beautiful song which doesn’t sound like a natural fit with the rest of the album.
Overall, the album contains some amazing pieces of music – personal favourites include ‘Momentz’ and ‘Ascension’. If you’re looking for something with a political undertone which still manages to be uplifting through its electronic and hip-hop sound then Humanz is the album for you.