Rappers return to performing live
Gorillaz has released Meanwhile, a three track EP celebrating Carnival and West London comprising tracks “Déjà Vu” featuring Alicaì Harley recorded live in London, the steel pan-infused Jimmy Jimmy featuring AJ Tracey, and title track Meanwhile featuring Jelani Blackman with Barrington Levy.
“Meanwhile Gardens are just round the corner from Memory Lane,” shares Gorillaz frontman 2D. “If you get to Crawley you’ve gone too far.”
Following Gorillaz’s triumphant return to the stage earlier this month, the band’s 20th anniversary party continues with Murdoc, Russel, Noodle and 2D sharing a very special EP of all-new music. Meanwhile is a joyous homage to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, paused this year due to the pandemic, and West London, home to the band’s Kong Studios. The 2000 Carnival signaled the start of something big for Gorillaz with their first ever outing, a performance of “Clint Eastwood” at the Middle Row Records sound system in Meanwhile Gardens, W10 alongside Sweetie Irie. This new EP of three tracks is titled Meanwhile in recognition of that special moment, and is a celebration of the unique and inclusive spirit of Carnival and features Ladbroke Grove’s AJ Tracey and Jelani Blackman, as well as Jamaica-born, London-based dancehall star Alicaì Harley.
Gorillaz made an emotional return to the live stage earlier this month with two sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena. The performance on August 10th to thank and recognize all NHS staff who continue to work tirelessly to keep us all safe, saw the band debut all three new tracks, with Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz live band joined onstage by AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman and Alicaì Harley, bringing a roof-raising Carnival-esque atmosphere to the South London arena.
- Meanwhile (ft. Jelani Blackman with Barrington Levy)
- Jimmy Jimmy (ft. AJ Tracey)
- Déjà Vu (ft. Alicaì Harley) Live from NW10