Parlophone Records, 2005A gimmick. That’s what they put Gorillaz’ success down to. Despite everything that had been achieved by this unusual musical concoction in the 18 months since the launch of their 2001 debut album, detractors still labelled them a here today, gone tomorrow band. But little did they know that the virtual band, created by musician, Damon Albarn, and cartoonist, Jamie Hewlett, would front what would later be acknowledged as one of the most influential and progressive records of the noughties: Demon Days.
UK hip hop has been getting international attention in the last five years thanks to the popularity of grime. Dizzee, Wiley and Tinie Tempah have played their part, while Krept and Konan and Skepta have the backing of major US rappers. But it’s Roots Manuva – one of the godfathers of UK hip hop, up there with Tricky, Neneh Cherry and Rodney P (London Posse) – who continues to display a tenacity and creativity that younger hip hop artists could learn from.