Gorillaz – D-sides

B-sides and remixes from Damon Albarn’s great apes

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Testament to the astonishing fecundity of the project, Gorillaz’ second round-up of offcuts, noodles and sketches still has an excellent strike rate.

Highlights? The War Child-commissioned “Hong Kong” (featuring some sublime Chinese zither), the hiphop Ian Dury of “The Rockit” and the twinkly, blurry Icelandic protest ballad “Stop The Dams” (complete with typically oddball cameo from Einar Sugarcube).

The additional disc of remixes – particularly Jamie T’s “Kids With Guns” farrago – is less essential, but still includes a terrific “Chinese NY” take on “Dirty Harry”.

STEPHEN TROUSSÉ

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