Gorillaz Release Surprise EP ‘Meanwhile’

Surprise! Gorillaz have dropped a new three-song EP Meanwhile, inspired by Carnival and West London.

The band originally debuted the songs live during their August 10th benefit concert for NHS workers. Alicai Harley, AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman, and Barrington Levy appear as special guests.

A press release describes Meanwhile as “a joyous homage to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, paused this year due to the pandemic, and West London, home to the band’s Kong Studios. The 2000 Carnival signalled the start of something big for Gorillaz with their first ever outing, a performance of ‘Clint Eastwood’ at the Middle Row Records soundsystem in Meanwhile Gardens, W10 alongside Sweetie Irie.”

Stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.

Check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

Gorillaz are booked to play several festivals next year including Primavera Sound and Festival De Nimes. See all their 2022 dates here.

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01. Meanwhile (feat. Jelani Blackman w/ Barrington Levy)
02. Jimmy Jimmy (feat. AJ Tracey)
03. Déjà Vu (feat. Alicaì Harley) — Live from NW10

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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