Gorillaz have surprise released a new three-track EP called Meanwhile.
The new collection is inspired by Carnival and West London. Meanwhile serves as the followup to their Song Machine series. They originally debuted tracks from the collection at their benefit concert for NHS workers. Now the collection has gotten an official release!
Meanwhile comes packed with features. The EP opener and title track features London’s Jelani Blackman and Jamaica’s Barrington Levy. Then, “Jimmy Jimmy” features West London’s AJ Tracey. Lastly, Jamaican artist Alicaì Harley features on “Déjà Vu.”
Stream Meanwhile below.
In typical Gorillaz fashion, the new EP has a bit of theatrics. “Meanwhile Gardens are just round the corner from Memory Lane,” frontman 2D explains. “If you get to Crawley you’ve gone too far.”
Ultimately, the EP is a nod to Notting Hill Carnival and West London.
At their free event for NHS workers and their families, Gorillaz debuted the collaborative singles. The event aimed to thank them for their continued efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the night, Gorillaz brought out The Cure’s Robert Smith to perform “Strange Timez.”
Throughout their performance, Gorillaz performed tracks that spanned their 23-year career. They even brought a bunch of artists to the stage including New Order’s Peter Hook, Popcaan, Leee John, Fatoumata Diawara, Shaun Ryder and Rowetta, slowthai and Slaves, De La Soul’s Posdunos, EARTHGANG, Little Simz, and Sweetie Irie.