"Leaked" yesterday, "Stylo" is the first single off the forthcoming Gorillaz album Plastic Beach. It's good. Like, really really good. Whoever decided to let this one out a week early - and it doesn't matter who did it - has guaranteed that people will actually pay for it on January 26, the actual release day.
It's not just the presence of the great Bobby Womack though. The click-track groove is a perfect meeting place between the 70s soul and 80s pop music with a touch of hip hop that Gorillaz have been trying to hit for some time now. The Mos Def verse halfway through doesn't slide in so much as it slides into place.
The full album will be out March 9 in the U.S. and includes more from both Mos Def and Bobby Womack. Also appearing on it are Lou Reed, De La Soul, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and Snoop Dogg.
Could we be in for another huge album from the forgotten Gorillaz in the room? Reread the previous paragraph, cause based on that, and this first single, Plastic Beach will either be one of the biggest releases of 2010 or it'll be an awful train wreck that kills the band forever...