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Gorillaz share three-song EP Meanwhile

AJ Tracey, Jemani Blackman, Barrington Levy, and Alicaì Harley appear on the new surprise release.

August 26, 2021
Gorillaz share three-song EP <i>Meanwhile</i>

Last year, Gorillaz followed up their 2020 project The Now Now with a collection of singles. The songs featured artists like The Cure's Robert Smith, Elton John, Beck, ScHoolboy Q, and slowthai, and eventually were compiled in one full-length project called Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. That prolific streak was followed by a period of quiet, but on Thursday, the animated pop group shared a surprise three-song EP called Meanwhile.

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Like the Song Machine album, Meanwhile features guests on every song. London rappers AJ Tracey, Jemani Blackman, and Alicaì Harley show up, as does reggae legend Barrington Levy. According to a press release, the songs are "a joyous homage to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival" where Gorillaz took the stage for the very first time in 2000 to perform a dancehall refix of "Clint Eastwood."

"Meanwhile Gardens are just round the corner from Memory Lane," said 2D, the animated band's lead singer, in a statement. "If you get to Crawley you've gone too far.” Listen to the songs below.

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Gorillaz share three-song EP Meanwhile