Damon Albarn left the new Gorillaz album in the back of a cab
We’ve all been there.
You go out on the town, get a little merry, and leave something valuable in a cab.
It’s a sure way to make you feel like an absolute idiot and, depending on what the item is you’ve misplaced, it can be pretty crushing.
Next time you do it, spare a thought for our mate Damon Albarn of Gorillaz (and Blur) fame.
According to British tabloid The Mirror, he went out for a couple of hard-earned cold ones the other night and left his laptop in the cab. Pretty rough at the best of times, but this situation was made even worse due to what was on it.
That laptop held the master copy of the new Gorillaz album, which is reportedly finished and could be released as early as next month. Not only did it contain all of the recording files for the songs, but the artwork and visual concepts as well.
Thankfully it’s all ended okay, with the laptop reportedly finding its way back to Albarn with all the files still intact.
Now that this is all settled, let’s look at the most important part of this story. There’s a new Gorillaz album ready and we’re going to get it really soon!
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Last year the band released Humanz, their fifth record and first in seven years. It proved that Albarn has no interest in resting on his laurels, as he embraced plenty of ultra-modern sounds on the record and enlisted some of the hottest talent of today, like Vince Staples, D.R.A.M. and Kali Uchis.
Given the wait for the last one was so elongated, the prospect of getting a new Gorillaz record so soon is very tantalising indeed.
"If we're going to do more with Gorillaz we don't want to wait seven years because, y'know, we're getting on a bit now," Albarn told Q Magazine last year.
So far, we know there’s a song called ‘Hollywood’, featuring Snoop Dogg and Chicago house legend Jamie Principle and a country/folk tune called ‘Ode To Idaho’, which the band premiered in concert last year.
Hear them both below:
If The Mirror is to be believed, then the record will have a pretty strong political bent, with Albarn’s thoughts on Brexit heavily referenced throughout, but we’d better wait and see before we jump to any conclusions.
New Gorillaz is coming soon! So long as Damon can keep his mits on that damn laptop.