News: Gorillaz Swing Snoop Dogg & Mos Def Collabos For Comeback Album

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 10:35AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Rock Hop animated band Gorillaz have enlisted the help of rappers Snoop Dogg and Mos Def for their first album in five years, Plastic Beach, which is set for release this spring.

Reports show the new group project coming out this March.

Damon Albarn's cartoon-pop band Gorillaz is set to return on March 9 with its third album, "Plastic Beach." The 16 track set is due out on Virgin and features a slew of guests, including Lou Reed,Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, the Fall's Mark E. Smith and Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys. The first single, "Stylo," will debut on radio Wednesday (Jan 20.) and be available at digital retailers starting on Jan. 26. (Billboard)

A full track listing has also been released online.

1. Orchestral Intro 2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) 3. White Flag (feat. Kano & Bashy) 4. Rhinestone Eyes 5. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def) 6. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul) 7. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon) 8. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith) 9. Some Kind Of Nature (feat. Lou Reed) 10. On Melancholy Hill 11. Broken 12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) 13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon) 14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon) 15. Cloud Of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack) 16. Pirate Jet (Press Release)

The crew is known for being hidden behind cartoon images.

Conceived as the first "virtual hip-hop group," Gorillaz blended the musical talents of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouthand Chris Frantz with the arresting visuals of Jamie Hewlett, best known as the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl. (All Music)

The band will also be performing at this April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will bring a youth movement to the low desert this year. After several years of greybeard headliners, California's signature festival is going back to the future with younger acts including Gorillaz, Muse, Jay-Z, Thom Yorke, MGMT, Hot Chip, Spoon, Vampire Weekend and LCD Soundsystem at the very top of the bill for the three-day concert that begins April 16 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. (Los Angeles Times)

Plastic Beach is slated to come out Tuesday, March 9th, 2010.

Check out the group's leaked track "Stylo" down below:

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