Gorillaz channelled Earth, Wind and Fire on new LP
The band wanted to channel their inner "funk" on their new album 'Humanz' and were inspired by funk masters Earth, Wind and Fire
Damon Albarn intended for the new Gorillaz album to be like funk band Earth, Wind and Fire.
The virtual band - created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett - have just announced their first album in six year, 'Humanz', and the 49-year-old rocker has revealed the direction was inspired by the "joyous party" band, who delve into a mix of genres including R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African music.
Speaking to Gordon Smart on his Radio X Evening Show, about the star-studded record, which features collaborations with Rag'n' Bone Man, Noel Gallagher and De La Soul, he said: "Well I think when I start I kind of have this very vague idea of where I'm heading to, but it's not planned and then one thing leads to another. I wanted to make a real funk band like Earth, Wind and Fire or that kind of ilk, that's what this whole record is kind of, sort of heading towards - that big, kind of, joyous party."
As well has being a "funk" album, Damon says he also hopes fans can listen to it and feel "terribly melancholic".
Asked if it is a funk record, he said: "Yeah, yeah, this band's got the funk. This time I really wanted to make a ... call it a party record, a dance record, a record you could party to and dance to, but also sit in your room on your own and become terribly melancholic over. I did set out to make an urgent, joyous and painful record and I think we've achieved that."
'Humanz' is slated for release on April 28.
Gorillaz' Damon Albarn was speaking on the Radio X Evening Show with Gordon Smart, weekdays 7pm-10pm on Radio X. Tune in to Smart on Sunday with Gordon Smart this Sunday from 2pm on Radio X to hear more from Damon Albarn.