Animated British outfit Gorillaz have been gone for far too long. Scrolling through my phone this morning I realized that their self-titled debut turned 15 back in March. “Clint Eastwood,” “19-2000,” and “Rock The House” are teenaged yet they still sound as fresh and weird as they did back in 2001, never mind the fact that they’re still the definition of “animated band” for most of the world.
After their third official project Plastic Beach and the tour album The Fall released shortly after, co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett kept tight-lipped about the animated squad’s adventures for a good five years. Earlier this year, the band found its way back in the studio, and Vic Mensa might be one of their first collaborators.
Remi Kabaka (the voice of “drummer” Russel) shared a picture to his Instagram of Mensa mid-jump in the studio, while the fan site GorillazNorthAmerica confirmed that Hewlett and Albarn have indeed been stateside for a while. It would hardly be a surprise, considering that Albarn brought Mensa out during his set at the 2014 Governors Ball to rap “Clint Eastwood” in place of Del The Funky Homosapien.
Mensa is just one guest I’d love to see on the new Gorillaz project. Put me down for Anderson .Paak, Freddie Gibbs, Noname, D.R.A.M., Jamiroquai, Michael Christmas, and maybe another Pharcyde collaboration. Only time will tell.