A more interesting - and accurate - vision of England than anything Blur dared to attempt.

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Gorillaz : Clint Eastwood

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Gorillaz : Clint Eastwood

The title presumably a nod

to ’70s dub reggae records, this Damon Albarn side project – in cahoots with

such blue chip Bohemian hip-hop names as Dan The Automator and Del Tha Funky Homosapien – is just too much to take for some people. The melodica, the looseness, the talk of Africa – how dare he expect to get away with it? Answer: by getting Ed Case to do a garage mix which hauls

it down the dancefloor of Twice As Nice, where all

the disparate elements fall into place and the jarring culture clash suddenly makes perfect sense. A little shift

in perspective and, suddenly, you’ve got a west London Basement Jaxx, embodying

a more interesting – and accurate – vision of England than anything Blur dared

to attempt.

Alex Needham