not gonna lie, it hasn’t been until very recently that i’ve really started getting into the england-based band gorillaz. i know, i know… i’m an uncultured asshole. but within the past few weeks, gorillaz have released five singles in preparation for their new album humanz, set to drop on april 28 (which is also my birthday). i like the majority of these songs, but the track “saturnz barz” in particular has stuck out to me. popcaan’s animated, autotuned feature makes the song a change of pace from the others. the trap-flavored, ethereal instrumental compliments popcaan’s vocals well, and the ghostly moans in the second half of the track make for a haunting, spacey atmosphere. i really like how damon makes his appearance in the second half to provide a varied version of the hook, in which he and popcaan trade back and forth; this makes for an unorthodox blend of styles that surprisingly goes over pretty well. based off what we’ve been given so far, i’m anticipating the album pretty heavy.
peep the video for “saturnz barz” here: