GORILLAZ Add 5 Extra Tunes On Deluxe Edition Of New Album ‘CRACKER ISLAND’

5 March 2023

Only two weeks ago GORILLAZ released their 8th album
CRACKER ISLAND. Their best since their debut to my ears.

And as it happens with all big artists/bands a deluxe edition with
bonus tracks is released for fanatic fans. Gorillaz added 5 tunes on
theirs. A couple of new ones and alternate versions of other tracks.







GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums

Familiar Feel Good Synth-Pop Blues With GORILLAZ And Their 8th Album ‘CRACKER ISLAND ‘

Standout albums

24 February 2023

Release: 24 February 2023. Order info here.

It’s the fictional act’s, led by human voice and musical centipede Damon Albarn,
eighth studio album with 10 tracks on it and another stellar line-up of collaborators, including Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Bootie
and Beck. It’s produced by Gorillaz, Remi Kabaka jr. and eight-time Grammy
-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire
Greg Kurstin.

NME says: “The band’s first post-pandemic record eschews industry-busting rollouts or a concept-heavy narrative, instead showing their influence on pop’s present and future. While ‘Cracker Island’ doesn’t exactly ape a sound that’s proving already-popular, it does a fine job
of reminding everyone where much of the limitless thinking came from. Gorillaz take snapshots of a diverse music scene – from psych-fused pop to reggaeton – and put a unique spin on it. There’s no broad concept or industry-busting roll-out, just 10 pristine, richly satisfying tracks;
no more, no less.”
Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Vocally, despite contributions of a star line up it’s Albarn‘s lazy voice that’s prominent on almost every song, as we know it. 10 familiar, mostly bluesy, synth-pop tunes except for the upbeat title track and New Gold, is what we get. Yes, smooth mid-tempo grooves dominate the record, even more than on previous LPs. But ALL grooves have a feel-good, mesmeric and slow hip-shaking vibe, so before you notice it, the relaxing party is over and you reach for the repeat button (which I did, anyway) for an encore and another happy-go-lucky ride. Music for drowsy moments on your favorite, imaginary island.

KEY SINGLES: Cracker Island / Skinny Ape / Silent Running





GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums

GORILLAZ Share A Mesmeric Lullaby ‘SKINNY APE’ Flaring Up In The End

New striking strokes

12 December 2022

GORILLAZ drop their new LP, titled CRACKER ISLAND
with the world next year, on 24 February 2023.

Cracker Island is the eighth studio album from Gorillaz, an energetic, upbeat,
genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar line-up
of artist collaborators: Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, Adeleye
Omotayo, Bootie Brown
and Beck. Recorded in London and LA earlier this year, it
is produced by Gorillaz, Remi Kabaka jr. and eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin.

Murdoc about Gorillaz’s near future: “To all our followers, get ready for the biggest Times Square takeover since that other gorilla smashed the place up Bigger in fact cos there’s four of us. Thanks to the techies at Google, we’ve created the music video event of the century, so don your pink robes and come see Gorillaz like you’ve never seen us before. The future is nigh!”

But for now, we get another appetizer of the LP. A mesmeric lullaby, called SKINNY APE  that surprisingly flares up at the last minute.


GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 on Spotify.



Band: AUS!Funkt
Who: Post-punk misfits from Toronto, embracing in the process
the elements of electronica, dub, disco, garage rock and blues
while maintaining grittiness, simplicity, and repetitiveness.

My favorite cut of their new dance-crazy
EP Hey! I See You.

If your limbs don’t get activated by this stomping synth stunner
it’s time to get on the phone and fire your shrink. Right now.

For everybody else, shake your booty.

AUS!FUNKT: Instagram – Facebook

GORILLAZ share new – their 8th – album, titled Cracker Island with the world next year, on 24 February 2023. As usual Damon Albarn invited a big-name cast of guests, like here for this song, called New Gold with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Bootie Brown behind the mic.

Feel the vibe.

GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums

Who: The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone

Their debut album Silhouettes lands after all this
year’s singles (one per month) are released. .

The September one, DUMB is my favorite (so far).

Frisky, tingling, and totally catching.


BURN THE LOUVRE: Facebook – Instagram

LUKE HAINES (mastermind of former Britpop-rock outfit The Auteurs
and R.E.M. guitarist PETER BUCK have their second collaborative album,
named All Kids Are Super Bummed Out on 26th October.

First single, titled Psychedelic Sitar Casual is a jangly R.E.M. like
rocker that gets under your skin sooner than you can say fuck Putin.

Tune in and pogo like you used to.

HAINES & BUCK; Website

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels, 2019)

Toronto‘s noise generator METZ celebrate the 10th anniversary
of their smashing self-titled debut LP with a new tour.

Along the tour announcement, the trio shared two tracks, of which one is
pretty special. COME ON DOWN features their longtime friend Joe Talbot
of Bristol punks Idles.

A perfect match in noise hell.

METZ: Bio – Discography – Instagram – Spotify

Band: ON
Who: An punk-rock-experienced Toronto trio

New album: ON
Released: 20 September 2022 via Indiestructable Records

Closing cracker AMENDS is my kind of electrical eruption.
It’s an imposing Led-Zeppelin-like heavy blues-rock knockout
including unhinged wah-wah electricity. Nasty stuff!

No, it’s not Jimmy Page on guitar, or is it?

ON: Facebook – Bandcamp

American/Celtic punks DROPKICK MURPHYS have their 11th album, named
This Guitar Still Kills Fascists out on 30 September. The LP accentuates
the sharp-cutting lyrics of the late great and heavily influential (ask Bob Dylan)
American folk hero Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).

If you’re a Murphys fan you know what to do when
this massive chant ALL YOU FONIES comes on.
Yes, screaming your lungs out.


DROPKICK MURPHIES: Facebook – Instagram

Who: Old-school no-nonsense five-piece rock
band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

New single SHOUT is a wallbreaker, a let-it-all-out loud haymaker.
Think The Black Crows and Guns ‘n Roses have a nasty rollicking riff fight.
I wonder if it’s Axl Rose who’s screaming his head off in the end.

Holy riff smoke.
Play it to the max.

DEAD LEVEE: Facebook

(Pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Boston‘s noise rock icons PIXIES have no intention whatsoever to retire.
They have a new – their 9th – album out on 30th September. It’s baptized

This taster, titled DREGS OF WINE
off the new LP is a burning belter.

Check it out.

PIXIES: Website – Instagram

Who: A wheelchair-fronted, high-energy
alternative rock band from the North East.

New single: TELL ME

Expect a rollicking ripper bucking up all the way. A sterling crackerjack that
scurries full tilt with steamy swagger pushed by a flat-out rhythm section,
storming guitars – think Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid riff – and James‘ lively
vocals. When the sizzling chorus kicks in, it’s go mental time.

Tell all your friends about this exuberant score!

ALEX JAMES: Facebook – Instagram

Who: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Tostee uniquely exploring
a world of gritty blues and garage rock with drummer Micaiah
, taking their name from the 1967 Detroit Riot

From the forthcoming – 3rd – album
Fake News, due this fall.

This red-hot-roaring corker thunders all the way with
turned-up decibels for the psychotic guitar-charged chorus.
Think Queens oF The Stone Age fronted by Jack White.

Hurry yourself to a green field and freak out.


(Photo credit Paul Elledge – press via website)

Chicago‘s bombastic veteran rockers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
orchestrated by main man Billy Corgan are back in town.

Next year, on 23 April, they’ll share their new longplayer
ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts with the world,
with no less than 33 songs.

The first single is an uppercut called BEGUILED.
A mid-tempo upper with a rotating heavy metal riff.

Nice one, Billy.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook – Instagram

Artist: JEEN
Who: All-round Canadian singer/songwriter who has written for many recording
artists such as ‘Great Big Sea’, ‘Serena Ryder’, ‘Res’, ‘Hawksley Workman’, ‘Brendan Canning’, ‘FUWA FUWA’, Martin ‘Doc’ McKinney and more. She was a member of ‘Cookie Duster‘ with ‘Brendan Canning‘ of ‘Broken Social Scene‘.

It’s the lead-off track of new – her 6th – album Tracer, out October 21st.

Jeen: “It’s about letting yourself drift in the flow of everything and hanging
on as hard as you can to what makes the shitty parts more tolerable.”

After only one spin, you’ll know that Chemical Emotion is a mesmerizing humdinger.
Jeen‘s emotive voice bewitches right away, the mid-tempo cadence emphasizes
the meditative reflection perfectly, the compelling chorus brings Alanis Morissette
to mind, and overall the orchestral sonority and the layered harmonies lead to
a thrilling triumph.

And I know it sounds trite, but you made impossible possible sometimes

JEEN: Facebook – Instagram

(Press photo via YYYs)

Who: Pop/rock trio from New York fronted
by the gorgeous Karen O

Today their new – 5th – longplayer Cool it down is out,
their first in 8 years. A few weeks ago my ears started
trembling when single BURNING came through my

Still love you Karen.

YYYs: Facebook – Website

(photo via AYU – press)

Artist: AYU
Who: Singer/songwriter/producer born in Bern (Switzerland), and living in Hamburg (Germany) delivering a mixture of contemporary pop, future-thinking electronics,
catchy RnB tunes and sweet indie.

AYU seduced me before with her infectious tunes and this one
is another one to embrace. Tremendously sticky with an irresistible
I love-you chorus.


AYU: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter 

Who: Drawing from an array of influences ranging from hip-hop, indie-pop,
to pop-punk, Gonzalez is an artist that refuses to be put into a box.

From her upcoming debut solo EP

Gonzalez serves an effervescent cocktail of hip-hop-pop-rock sparks
inviting you to jump out of your lazy couch for a hip-swaying two-step.

Make your move here…

August Gonzalez: Instagram

Who: Riveting rock outfit from Costa Messa, California that
made an auspicious entrance onto the music scene last year.

New single: I CAN’T HELP YOU
From their upcoming debut LP, out January 2013.

Expect a melancholic smooth guitar pop uplifter. The brisk combination of a jaunty rhythm section, flickering guitars, a toe-tapping melody, a contagious chorus, and last but not least Madeline Star‘s soulful and romantic voice, turn I Can’t Help You into a glam gem.

Help yourself right here.

WIDOWS GOLD: Instagram

PPhoto by Arne Frøkedal

Who: Chamber psych-pop duo – Linn Frøkedal
and Richard Myklebust – from Norway.


For this new composition, the duo’s minds went down memory lane
to get inspired by the musical preferences of their
adolescent years.

They came back and cemented the experiences of those bygone
times for the future, in a song. The End Of The Beginning is a shoegaze rainbow,
but one that’s sepia colored. The mood is blue-sky, idyllic, and halcyon. So is
the musing’s slo-mo progression, Frøkedal‘s foggy vocals, and the glowing
synth waves.

Start dreaming here.

MISTY COAST: Facebook – Spotify

Who: Folk-pop singer-songwriter from West-Wales

Debut single: BISCUIT TIN

This is a firm energizer with a resistless pick-me-up groove
and a highly stimulating sonority from start to finish. Its lively
melodiousness, vigorous vivacity and zealous vocality make
you reach for the repeat button again and again.



(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Who: Chicago born singer songstress

Furman released her new album
All Of Us Flames last month.

A very notable one with this sepia-colored beauty, named
TRAIN COMES THROUGH as one of the many highs on
the record.


EZRA FURMAN: Instagram – Facebook

See/hear you next month, music junkies

New GORILLAZ Album Next Year – Energizing Taster ‘NEW GOLD’ (Feat. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown) Now

New striking strokes

1 September 2022

GORILLAZ share their new album, titled CRACKER ISLAND
with the world next year, on 24 February 2023.

Cracker Island is the eighth studio album from Gorillaz, an energetic, upbeat,
genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar line-up
of artist collaborators: Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, Adeleye
Omotayo, Bootie Brown
and Beck. Recorded in London and LA earlier this year, it
is produced by Gorillaz, Remi Kabaka jr. and eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin.

Following the title track, we get a second taster. NEW GOLD
features Tampa Impala‘s Kevin Parker and trip-hopper Bootie
. It’s a terrific pop/rap energizer injected with shots
of adrenalin.

Get up and sway yourself dizzy.

GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums


23 August 2022

Madchester hero SHAUN RYDER was born in
the City of Salford in Greater Manchester, UK
on 23 August 1962.

Happy 60 to the happy Monday, the black grape,
and the former 24-hour party man and dopehead
who’s still twisting his melon.

TUTV picked these 4 Great Ryder Moments to start the party.

(With Happy Mondays)

(With Black Grape)


– DARE –
(With Gorillaz)

SHAUN RYDER: Bio – Discography

GORILLAZ Have A New Cracker Video Clip Out For Their New Single

31 July 2022

Cartoon heroes GORILLAZ kicked off their world tour in Uruguay last April.
The band played two new songs, of which one is called CRACKER ISLAND.

Last month the recorded studio version was shared and now
a video clip for this tantalizing feel-good tune. featuring bass
player Thundercat.

The clip is directed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett
and the Emmy nominated director Fx Goby.

GORILLAZ: Facebook – Instagram

Waking Up With… New Tantalizing GORILLAZ Tune

Works faster than caffeine

23 June 2022

Gorillaz kicked off their world tour in Uruguay last April. That night,
they played  two new songs, of which one is called CRACKER ISLAND.

The band just shared the recently recorded studio version, and is now
streaming all over the Internet. Orchestrator Albarn invited bass player
Thundercat to play along.

It’s a tantalizing feel-good tune. It’s pure Gorillaz…

GORILLAZ: Instagram



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9/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
9/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum
9/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center
9/28 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
9/30 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
10/01 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/03 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
10/06 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
10/08 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
10/17 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
10/19 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheater
10/21 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
10/23 – Miami, FL @ FTXArena