Gorillaz honour first live gig

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Gorillaz honour first live gig with surprise new EP ‘Meanwhile’ [listen]

Iconic UK virtual band Gorillaz released a three-track EP featuring the likes of AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman and Barrington Levy.

Gorillaz honour first live gig

Image: Via Twitter @gorillaz

The Gorillaz have surprised their fans by releasing a new three-track EP, Meanwhile, that celebrate the Notting-Hill Carnival and West London.

The project consists of Déjà Vu featuring Alicaì Harley, Jimmy Jimmy with rapper AJ Tracey, and Meanwhile featuring rapper-singer Jelani Blackman and reggae artist Barrington Levy.

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According to an article on We Rave You, the Meanwhile EP is named after Meanwhile Gardens, a community garden situated in a London neighbourhood. They performed at Meanwhile Gardens for the Notting-Hill Carnival back in 2000. This EP serves as a celebration of not only the Notting-Hill Carnival, which won’t be taking place this year due to COVID uncertainties, but also Black British culture.

It’s the perfect soundtrack to get you in the spirit before you go and wreck a dancefloor, says a review by NME.

The virtual band spearheaded by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have had a busy year and a half – with the release of three projects. The start-studded Song Machine and a biographic book Gorillaz Almanac and the aforementioned Meanwhile.

Both songs [Jimmy Jimmy and Déjà Vu] are capsules that harness the Notting Hill Carnival energy of feel-good and drunken spirits, which are loved both here and in the Caribbean.

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The newly released EP is available on YouTube and other music streaming platforms. It’s an eclectic take on Black British inspired music and serves as an easy listen for Gorillaz fans who are accustomed to experimental sounds.