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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.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
68 State
00:04:48

James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Programmer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
People
00:03:28

James Dring, Producer, Programmer, MixingEngineer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Drums - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Hongkongaton
00:03:34

James Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - James Dring, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Writer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer - Chris Lam, Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
We Are Happy Landfill
00:03:39

James Cox, Producer - James Dring, Producer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Hong Kong
00:07:15

James Dring, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Charles Lam, AssistantEngineer - Chen Wei-Man, Zither

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Highway (Under Construction)
00:04:20

James Dring, Engineer, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Engineer, Programmer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Rockit
00:03:33

James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Bill Murray
00:03:53

Paul Butler, Vocals - James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Programmer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Aaron Fletcher, Vocals - Michael Clevett, Vocals - Warren Hampshire, Vocals - Tim Parkin, Vocals - Kris Birkin, Vocals

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
The Swagga
00:04:58

James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Murdoc Is God
00:02:26

James Dring, Producer, Programmer, MixingEngineer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Spitting out the Demons
00:05:10

James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
Don't Get Lost in Heaven (Original Demo)
00:02:29

James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Jamie Hewlett, Writer - Steve Sedgwick, Assistant Mixing Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir Vocals

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

13
Stop the Dams
00:05:39

James Dring, Production, Programmer - Geoff Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Programmer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Engineer, Production, MixingEngineer - Ghostigital, Musician - Reykjavik West End Brass Band, Brass - Ólafur Bielawski, Brass - Haraldur Þrastarson, Brass - Lárus Halldór Grímsson, Brass - Einar Pálmason, Brass - Hörður Bjarkason, Brass - Hrafnkell Flóki Einarsson, Brass - Áshildur Ákadóttir, Brass - Óskar Völundarson, Brass - Katrín Pálmadóttir, Brass - Hugi Þeyr Gunnarsson, Brass - Magnús Andersen, Brass

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

14
DARE (DFA Remix)
00:12:15

Shaun Ryder, Writer, Featured Vocals - Brian Burton, Writer - James Murphy, Remixer - James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Steve Sedgwick, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tim Goldsworthy, Remixer - Rosie Wilson, Backing Vocals

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

15
Feel Good Inc. (Stanton Warriors Remix)
00:07:25

David Jolicoeur, Composer - Brian Burton, Composer - James Dring, Producer - Danger Mouse , Producer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Composer, Vocals - Jason Cox, Producer - Jamie Hewlett, Composer - Mark Yardley, Remixer - Dominic B, Remixer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

16
Kids with Guns (Jamie T's Turns to Monsters Mix)
00:04:23

James Cox, Mixer, Engineer, Production - Brian Burton, Writer - James Dring, Production, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer - Gorillaz, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, MainArtist - Neneh Cherry, Vocals - Hot Chip, Production, Remixer - Damon Albarn, Writer, Performance - Jamie Hewlett, Writer, Performance

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

17
DARE (Soulwax Remix)
00:05:43

Shaun Ryder, Writer, Featured Vocals - Igor Cavalera, Remixer - Stephen Dewaele, Remixer - David Dewaele, Remixer - Brian Burton, Writer - James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Steve Sedgwick, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Rosie Wilson, Backing Vocals - Victoria Smith, Remixer - Stefaan Van Leuven, Remixer - Laima Leyton, Remixer - Blake Davies, Remixer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

18
Kids with Guns (Hot Chip Remix)
00:07:10

James Cox, Mixer, Engineer, Production - Brian Burton, Writer - James Dring, Production, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer - Gorillaz, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, MainArtist - Neneh Cherry, Vocals - Hot Chip, Production, Remixer - Damon Albarn, Writer, Performance - Jamie Hewlett, Writer, Performance

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

19
El Mañana (Metronomy Remix)
00:05:45

Brian Burton, Composer - James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Emma Smith, Double Bass - Stella Page, Viola - Amanda Drummond, Viola - Damon Albarn, Composer, Vocals - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Jamie Hewlett, Composer - Sally Jackson, Violin - Steve Sedgwick, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Al Mobbs, Double Bass - Joseph Mount, Remixer - Isabelle Dunn, Cello - Antonia Pagulatos, Violin - Anna Prior, Remixer - Oscar Cash, Remixer - Gbenga Adelekan, Remixer - Michael Lovett, Remixer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

20
DARE (Junior Sanchez Remix)
00:05:26

Shaun Ryder, Writer, Featured Vocals - Brian Burton, Writer - Junior Sanchez, Remixer - James Dring, Producer, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, MixingEngineer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer, MixingEngineer - Steve Sedgwick, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Rosie Wilson, Backing Vocals

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

21
Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix)
00:03:53

Brian Burton, Writer - James Dring, Producer - Romye Robinson, Writer - Danger Mouse , Producer - Gorillaz, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Jason Cox, Producer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

22
Kids with Guns (Quiet Village Remix)
00:10:09

James Cox, Mixer, Engineer, Production - Brian Burton, Writer - James Dring, Production, Programmer - Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer - Gorillaz, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, MainArtist - Neneh Cherry, Vocals - Damon Albarn, Writer, Performance - Jamie Hewlett, Writer, Performance - Matt Edwards, Production, Remixer - Joel Martin, Production, Remixer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

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.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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