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Damon Albarn: Gorillaz New Album Will Begin Recording in September for 2016 Release

by Carolyn Menyes   Jul 16, 2015 13:07 PM EDT

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Damon Albarn is a busy man these days, as the recently reunited Blur embarks on a world tour in support of its new album The Magic Whip, but that doesn't mean that he isn't looking for the next project. And, in a new interview, the rock legend admitted that his next endeavor will be a new album from Gorillaz, due for release in 2016. And he's going to start production sooner than you think.

In speaking to ABC 7.30 in Australia, Albarn revealed that he's looking forward to going back into the studio to work on an official new album from the cartoon hip-hop act. Work on the new LP is set to begin as early as this fall.

"I'm starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record," Albarn said, explaining the five-year absence of the Gorillaz was due to his busy schedule. "I've just been really, really busy so I haven't had a chance. I'd love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week."

The virtual band has been kept inside Albarn's cage since 2010, when it released its fourth album The Fall for free download on Christmas Day.

Gorillaz first broke in to the scene in 2001 with the release of its critically acclaimed, self-titled album and its single "Clint Eastwood." The 2D drawn four-piece only continued to blow up as "Feel Good Inc." from its sophomore effort Demon Days soared to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Further details surrounding the new Gorillaz album, including a title or concrete release date beyond "2016" have yet to be revealed.

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