Is it Blur? Gorillaz? A proper solo LP? Well, not quite.
The prolific Damon Albarn has announced a new project called DRC Music; set to release their first album this October.
According to Pitchfork:
recording in Democratic Republic of Congo with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Dan the Automator, Actress, Kwes, T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosurs), Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, and Rodaidh McDonald as DRC Music.
Now, that project has an album ready for release: Kinshasa One Two will see release via Warp digitally on October 4 in the U.S. (October 3 in the UK) and physically on November 8 (November 7 in the UK). The album was recorded in Kinshasa over the course of five days, in collaboration with local musicians. Proceeds will go to Oxfam to help their relief efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo.
A worthy cause indeed, produced by a stellar team of praise-worthy musicians. Hear the first track, “Hallo,” from their album below.