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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is one of the millions of Gorillaz fans worldwide but if you peek at her record collection, you may notice that she actually likes Damon Albarn in various incarnations. The stack of discs on her floor includes not just Demon Days by Gorillaz but The Early Years by Blur (whom Albarn fronted) and the soundtrack from the film Trainspotting which includes both "Sing" by Blur and "Closet Romantic," a solo number by Albarn. Nice taste, Julia!

Gorillaz was formed by Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett and includes an evolving mix of talent; I consider them one of the archetypal groups of this era. Taking the best of rock, electronic, hip hop, and dub and making music greater than the sum of its parts, Gorillaz has just released their third studio album, Plastic Beach. Featuring everyone from Snoop Dogg to The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music, I think PB is even better than Demon Days which you should note is one of my ten favorite albums. Check out the video for the song "Stylo" if you have not seen it yet... it is like a cool little film set to the perfect soundtrack but running only 5.40, j'adore le génie.

Demon Days and Plastic Beach by Gorillaz album cover images courtesy of Amazon

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