Gorillaz – “Plastic Beach”
Written by DJ Ekonomiks on January 28, 2016
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This week on Mood Swings I bring you one of my favorite albums of all time. “Plastic Beach” (2010) was Gorillaz’ follow up to their critically acclaimed album “Demon Days”. If Demon Days was a representation of progressive Rock & Roll, then Plastic Beach is a representation of progressive hip hop and soul.
All of the production on this album is far out and unusual, especially in a time period where hip hop was dominated by the mainstream. Each song has a unique feel to it that creates a world – the Island of Plastic Beach. The features contain an incredible cast. From big name rappers Snoop Dogg and Mos Def, to soul singer Bobby Womack and the up and coming Neo-Soul band Little Dragon.
The first half of the album has an electric energy that embodies the arrival to the Plastic Beach and the insanity that it contains. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def) is the perfect example of the energy that this half brings to the table. The thumping bassline and glassy synths combine to form a funky, psychedelic groove that brings a smile to my face.
The second half has a dreamy feel. Songs like “On Melancholy Hill” make me reminisce about some of the happiest times in my life. It sends a message of hope; even if the world is crashing down, there’s a place you can go to be happy again – The Plastic Beach. The energy is more spiritual on this half of the album and I have a deep connection to each of the songs. This album gives me a feeling that no other album does.
Overall, I’d have to put this album in my top 5 of all time. The production, the flow and features are some of the best I’ve ever heard. Don’t take my word for it, give it a listen!
Until next time,