Read/ Listen: The Gorillaz- D-sides

By Richard Giles

So everyone knows the age old band "The Gorrilaz" right? You're thinking their classics "Feel good Inc., DARE, On Melancholy Hill". Pretty much all the old stuff... Harking back to good old 2010 and even earlier.

But scratch that. Stop what you're doing and move away from their classics. Indulge in the D-sides. One of their earlier compilation albums released in 2007. Skip the first CD. Go straight for the good stuff- hit up CD 2. Here you'll find all the stuff you love and know, but remixed and changed up to sound even better than the original. These include remixes from some sweet and upcoming artists such as Hot Chip and Metronomy. There's even a Chinese version of the track "Dirty Harry".

But for those of you who don't know The Gorillaz; well... they've been around a wee while now (since 1998 in fact). From Essex, they've got quite an iconic sound. They mix a variety of musical styles, from dance, ambient, rap and dub-step. So yea... they know what they're doing when it comes to music and to top that, they've got the musical talent of Blur's Damon Albarn on lead vocal!

So whether you're in need of a song to chill to, a song to rave to, to study to or just have playing in the background- The Gorillaz 'D-sides' has it. As tough as it is to find though... You might have to get it ordered in online or have a skimmy through the back shelves of Marbecks or Real groovy. It's one of those rare, must-have gems.

Verdict- without the 2nd CD, it's nothing special. But with these tracks... A solid 9/10. Check it out.

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