Rocket Juice and the Moon Reveal Tracks
Since Blur’s Damon Albarn reappeared on the scene in 2001 with his debut album from cartoon band Gorillaz, things have never been same for the Brit.
With Gorillaz, Albarn has become rock and roll’s unofficial middle man, reuniting once floundered relationships (Mick Jones/Paul Simonon), while reintroducing old favorites (Bobby Womack) and those even modern ones that might have missed their targets (Del tha Funkee Homosapien). Now, seven new Albarn-inspired tracks have surfaced for our judgment whim.
The do-it-all musician is now bringing new names to your ear buds with his latest, albeit strangely entitled project, “Rocket Juice and the Moon.” Like his last side show, “The Good, the Bad & the Queen,” Albarn brings back Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, whose reputation heavily resides as one of the original creators of ‘afrobeat’ music.
Allen’s drumming plays centerpiece to an impressive array of musicians that includes Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on top of an enlightening list of Albarn’s most inspiring African musicians. Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Malian pianist Cheick Tidiane Seck, Sun Ra cohort Kelan Phil Cohran, and eight of Cohran’s sons (all members of Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble), plus Detroit house producer Theo Parrish, South Africa’s Shangaan Electro, and Ghana-born rapper M.Anifest.
It all accumulates into a magnificent orchestration not necessarily familiar to American ears, but with that uncanny, lovable Albarn composition that wrote its signature in Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen and even his more recent, Congo-based project, DRC Music.
You can currently listen to all seven tracks on the band’s YouTube channel. The recordings are live performances taken from a Marseilles, France concert.
Personally, “The Moon” is my favorite thus far…
Those tracks include:
-Here We Go
-Put It Out