Check out the video for Rock It (Demon Days session demo track).
While Gorillaz take a well-earned break from global domination, the menials at Kong Studios have been hard at work. As 2D finishes his law degree and Russel reinvents himself as a personal trainer, the glorious ephemera from the last phase of their musical career has been swept up, gathered together and pickled in plastic for music fans everywhere.
D-Sides sees the b-sides from Gorillaz' multi-platinum selling second album Demon Days, along with early demos and previously unreleased tracks collected together for the first time. Highlights include Gorillaz' dubbed-out collaboration with The Bees, Bill Murray, and the apocalyptic scum-pop of We Are Happy Landfill. Hong Kong, the lush and lovely track recorded by Gorillaz for Warchild, was the surprise hit of the Demon Days Live shows. It's here given an exclusive refit with added strings. Stop The Dams is another collaboration, this time with the Sugarcubes' Einar Orn, protesting against dam-building in Iceland's wilderness. Demos People (DARE) and Don't Get Lost in Heaven give a sneak peek into the band's creative process, while the Mandarin version of Dirty Harry provides an insight into how Gorillaz might sound if they'd been born east of the Yangtzee instead of deep in the wilds of Essex.
D-Sides will also include a bonus CD of remixes including reworkings by DFA, Junior Sanchez and Hot Chip. D-Sides follows the immensely popular G-Sides, a collection of b-sides and rareties from the band's debut album, Gorillaz.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.