D-Sides [Deluxe]

D-Sides [Deluxe]

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by Gorillaz
     
 

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The Gorillaz B-sides and remixes collection D-Sides just emphasizes that Demon Days could have just as easily been called Damon Days. Even though Damon Albarn worked with collaborators like Danger Mouse on the second Gorillaz album, Albarn was its main sonic architect, and this is made evenSee more details below

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The Gorillaz B-sides and remixes collection D-Sides just emphasizes that Demon Days could have just as easily been called Damon Days. Even though Damon Albarn worked with collaborators like Danger Mouse on the second Gorillaz album, Albarn was its main sonic architect, and this is made even clearer by the songs that didn't make it onto Demon Days. Where the album honed a paranoid, melancholy -- but always accessible -- vibe, D-Sides is charmingly loose and eclectic; the stoned, rag-tag shuffle of "Don't Get Lost in Heaven (Demo)" is far more engaging, or at least immediate, than the choir and strings-bedecked version that appeared on Demon Days. The layered, doo wop-inspired harmonies and pianos on "Highway (Under Construction)" bear the marks of fiddling around in the studio, but appealingly so -- and that goes double for the new wave/electro ramble "Rockit," on which Albarn makes "blah blah blah" sound almost profound. D-Sides finds him working in styles he couldn't fit on the album (although "Spitting Out the Demons"' dubby gloom comes the closest to Demon Days' final cut): "68 State"'s moody synth noodling could soundtrack an anime dystopia; "Hongkongaton" fuses dub and music hall; and "People" could be the mutant offspring of Britpop and synth pop. While many of D-Sides' tracks are sketches, the full-fledged songs are just as good as what ultimately appeared on Demon Days. "The Swagga," er, swaggers from retro-futuristic pop to messy, freewheeling rock, fulfilling the promise of rowdy snippets like "Murdoc Is God." Albarn also finds room for some surprisingly vulnerable moments; "Hong Kong," with its strings and shamisen, feels like a distant cousin of The Great Escape's "Yuko and Hiro," and "Stop the Dams" closes D-Sides' first disc on a quiet, heartfelt note. For longtime Albarn fans, this part of the collection is a lot of fun -- a trip through his scraps and oddities is still more rewarding than many other artists' magnum opuses. D-Sides' remix disc is, somewhat surprisingly, more focused than the actual Gorillaz B-sides are. It's no surprise that Albarn has gathered an on-point cast of remixers, including Metronomy, Hot Chip, and the DFA, who begin the disc with its best track, a belligerent, percussive version of "Dare" that strips the song down to little more than Shaun Ryder's voice, percussion, and the odd buzzing synth. "Dare" inspired two of the disc's other standouts, a remix by Junior Sanchez and one by Soulwax. While not all of the remixes hit these heights, overall it's a fun set, and a good complement to the eclecticism of D-Sides' first disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099951055820
catalogNumber:
10558

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gorillaz   Primary Artist
Kaktus   Track Performer
Neneh Cherry   Vocals
Alice Pratley   Violin
Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson   Background Vocals
Morton Wilson   Guzheng
Danger Mouse   Drums
Izzi Dunn   Cello
Einar Örn   Track Performer
Mobbs   Double Bass
Stella Page   Viola
Antonia Pagulatos   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Áshildur Ákadóttir   Track Performer
Magnús Andersen   Track Performer
Ólafur Bielawski   Track Performer
Hörður Bjarkason   Track Performer
Hou Shih Chieh   Erhu
Hrafnkell Flóki Einarsson   Track Performer
Jacqueline Fu   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lárus Halldór Grímsson   Track Performer
Hugi Peyr Gunnarson   Track Performer
Sato Kotono   Violin
MC Yan   Rap
Joseph Mount   Various
Einar Pálmadóttir   Track Performer
Katrin Pálmadóttir   Track Performer
Haraldur Prastarson   Track Performer
Tung Tang   Percussion
Óskar Völundarson   Track Performer
Wei Man Chen   Zither
Mazy Yap   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Yim   Keyboards
Mazy Yap & Kids From Lok Sin Tong Primary School   Vocals
Rosie Wilson   Background Vocals
Oliver Langford   Violin

Technical Credits

Geoff Pesche   Mastering
Romye Robinson   Composer
Jason Cox   Producer,Engineer
Junior Sanchez   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Soulwax   Audio Production
Morton Wilson   Executive Producer
Stanton Warriors   Remixing
Gorillaz   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Hot Chip   Audio Production
Danger Mouse   Programming,Audio Production
DFA   Remixing
James Dring   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Edwards   Producer,Audio Production
J.C. Hewlett   Artwork
Cox   Audio Production
Steve Sedgewick   Engineer
Joel Martin   Audio Production
Jamie Hewlett   Sound Effects
Hans Ebert   Executive Producer
Jamie T.   Remixing
Joseph Mount   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Quiet Village   Remixing
Tung Tang   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Ann Yeung   Producer,Audio Production
Joel Martin   Producer
David Jolicouer   Composer

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