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Sex, Drugs, Love & Hiphop

Gorillaz released their fifth studio album titled Humanz on Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records. The album was released on April 28, 2017.

The band also released an app and virtual reality content along with the new music. Some of the content on the app and a majority of the lyrics on the album is more geared for adults.


Plastic Beach was the Gorillaz last major release in 2010. They released The Fall in 2011 with less time and production put into the project.

After seven years the virtual band from the United Kingdom returns from the studio to deliver 26 new tracks on the extended cut of Humanz.

De La Soul and the Gorillaz need to do an entire album together. They return following their 2005 hit ‘Feel Good Inc.,’ with the track ‘Momentz’ on Humanz.

Even with less experience in comparison to De La Soul, Vince Staples steals the record with his tenacity on ‘Ascension.’

Overall, I find this album to be one of the better albums of 2017. Humanz has GRAMMY Awards written all over it, but I still want the Damon Albarn and company to challenge themselves more.

The band did well at lifting artists to new heights with select tracks, as well as using bigger name artists with more experience. Albarn balanced creating new music, at the same time holding an overall style that the Gorillaz is known for. The balancing of these concepts was interesting to me when listening to the album.

When major film and television uses violence as a cheap form of entertainment, I give them a proper critique. Sections of Humanz could have been refined without limiting creative freedom.

The band has been mixing it up on stage with new material. Browse over updated tour dates via their main website, and browse over current dates below.

Watch over a recent live performance at WFUV studio with Gorillaz featuring Peven Everett and Jamie Principle performing live in Studio A. These tracks were recorded 4/26/17 in New York.

Gorillaz (feat. Peven Everett) - "Strobelite" (Live at WFUV)

Gorillaz (feat. Jamie Principle) - "Sex Murder Party" (Live at WFUV)

Gorillaz on the Road

Tour Dates

Date | Location | Venue

06/10 | Margate, UK | Demon Dayz Festival
07/08 | Chicago, IL | Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
07/10 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre
07/12 | Boston, MA | Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/13 | Philadelphia, PA | Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07/15 | Quebec City, QC | Quebec City Summer Festival
07/17 | Colombia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/28-30 | Icheon, KR | Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival
07/28-30 | Niigata, JP | Fuji Rock Festival
08/11-13 | San Francisco, CA | Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09/15-17 | New York, NY | The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
09/18 | Detroit, MI | Fox Theatre
09/20 | Minneapolis, MN | Roy Wilkins Auditorium
09/22 | Kansas City, MI | Sprint Center
09/24 | Las Vegas, NV | Life is Beautiful Festival
09/26 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09/30 | Seattle, WA | KeyArena at Seattle Center
10/05 | Los Angeles CA | The Forum
10/11 | Atlanta, GA | Infinite Energy Center
10/13-15 | Miami, FL | iii Points Festival

Gorillaz - Ascension (Official Audio)

Live in conversation with 2D & Murdoc from Gorillaz

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.