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Gorillaz Surprise Release 3-Track EP: Watch + Listen

In honor of Carnival and West London, the Gorillaz have surprise-released a new three-track EP, Meanwhile..

As a tribute to the famous Notting Hill Carnival, which would’ve taken place this weekend, but was canceled due to the pandemic, the extended play collection opens with “Meanwhile,” (featuring Jelani Blackman with Barrington Levy,) followed by “Jimmy Jimmy” featuring West London MC AJ Tracey and “Déjà Vu” with Jamaica-born, London-based dancehall artist Alicaì Harley.

Earlier this month, Gorillaz – featuring cameos from the Cure’s Robert Smith, New Order’s Peter Hook, and De La Soul’s “Posdunos” – debuted all three Meanwhile tracks during a concert at London’s O2 Arena that was free for National Health Service workers and their families.

Throughout 2020, the animated band dropped songs fromSong Machine Season One: Strange Timez that featured collaborations with Beck, Schoolboy Q, St. Vincent, Elton John, Slowthai, and Octavian.

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Author: Brad LeBeau

Photo: Drew de F Fawkes