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Entertainment: Gorillaz channel Earth, Wind and Fire on new LP

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Damon Albarn intended for the new Gorillaz album to be like funk band Earth, Wind and Fire.

The virtual band - created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett - have just announced their first album in six year, 'Humanz', and the 49-year-old rocker has revealed the direction was inspired by the "joyous party" band, who delve into a mix of genres including R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African music.

Speaking to Gordon Smart on his Radio X Evening Show, about the star-studded record, which features collaborations with Rag'n' Bone Man, Noel Gallagher and De La Soul, he said: "Well I think when I start I kind of have this very vague idea of where I'm heading to, but it's not planned and then one thing leads to another. I wanted to make a real funk band like Earth, Wind and Fire or that kind of ilk, that's what this whole record is kind of, sort of heading towards - that big, kind of, joyous party."

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As well has being a "funk" album, Damon says he also hopes fans can listen to it and feel "terribly melancholic".

Asked if it is a funk record, he said: "Yeah, yeah, this band's got the funk. This time I really wanted to make a ... call it a party record, a dance record, a record you could party to and dance to, but also sit in your room on your own and become terribly melancholic over. I did set out to make an urgent, joyous and painful record and I think we've achieved that."

'Humanz' is slated for release on April 28.

Gorillaz' Damon Albarn was speaking on the Radio X Evening Show with Gordon Smart, weekdays 7pm-10pm on Radio X. Tune in to Smart on Sunday with Gordon Smart this Sunday from 2pm on Radio X to hear more from Damon Albarn.

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