Damon Albarn sure likes to keep himself busy. Having had a brief sit down after the Gorillaz world tour, he returns with Africa Express, his cross-cultural exchange of music’s best and brightest from around the world.
If you’re after a party playlist, look no further: a celebration of the house music scene growing in South Africa, ‘EGOLI’ is a force of energy, from the pulsating ‘City In Lights’ to the slower groove of ‘Johannesburg’. It’s rough around the edges, but that’s part of its charm - a testament to the energy and ideas thrown about in such a short space of time, and the vibrancy of collaboration.
Gorillaz fans will be kept happy with the abundance of Damon’s funky vocoder (‘Becoming The Tiger’), but it’s no offence to say his star shines only equal to that of Moonchild Sanelly, Georgia and Sibot. Whether you’re familiar with ‘EGOLI’’s makers or not, a trip on the Africa Express is quite a ride.