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So... is Unforgiven next?

Or "Dirty Harry," the debut single from second and as of yet untitled Gorillaz LP

Do Gorillaz hibernate? What about lilly white artists and rock stars? Since the release of Gorillaz in 2001 and Blur's Think Tank two years later, nearly all of the "members" of Gorillaz have been noticeably absent from music in general. However, it seems like now the great silverback beasts have begun to emerge from their slumber, finding a new bedfellow in tow. In an excellent and well thought out attempt to update their sound (The Automator has been running a bit stale these days), Gorillaz have welcomed DJ Dangermouse to the fold. "Dirty Harry," the first peek at what his production will bring, is very enticing. Dangermouse's sampling is so well done that it's difficult to decipher what of the song is a sample and what is organic. Built on a bed of clangy guitar/bass funk, the track later unfolds to reveal a children's choir singing an endearing urban hymn, clapping massively all the while. An aged synth and some strings keep them company until Booty Brown of Pharcyde lays down some aggressive lines; which makes me wonder if Del has moved on as well. A very well done track that shows boatloads of potential for the upcoming album.

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