Friday, December 18, 2009

Say wha?? This is huge news.

Mos Def is officially the fifth member of the Gorillaz as a character named SunMoonStars (get it?). The first track completed so far is called "Sweepstakes." They've already started working on music and more is in reportedly the works.

Mos joining the Gorillaz means a few things...

1. Mos Def is already working on new stuff after his breath-taking, Grammy-nominated album Ecstatic.
2. The Gorillaz are working on new stuff FINALLY!
3. Jamie Hewlett (the artist behind the Gorillaz) isn't bored with the characters anymore, which is reportedly half of the reason that they stopped making music after Demon Days in the first place.
4. We get to see a NEW character join the team, probably with revised artwork for the rest.
5. We might actually be done hearing Del on Gorillaz tracks (don't get me wrong, he kills em, but it's time for some new talent).

Props to DJ Semtex for bringing this news out. Just watch the interview...

MOS DEF | OFFICIALLY JOINS THE GORILA UNIT [3 of 3] from DJ SEMTEX on Vimeo.


According to SPIN, the new disc is titled Plastic Beach and will feature Snoop, Lou Reed, the Syrian National Orchestra (!), and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees in addition to the Mighty Mos.
"[It's] sort of about the mythical aspects of Britain," Albarn told the Guardian of the album, the follow-up to 2005's multi-platinum-selling Demon Days, due next year via EMI. "Obviously, because it's Gorillaz we've moved it to a different place, but it still maintains a lot of that melancholy."

"I've tried to connect pop sensibility with trying to make people understand the essential melancholy of buying a ready-made meal in loads of plastic packaging… that detritus that accompanies the most essential thing in people's lives these days -- celebrity and voyeurism."

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