Commenting to Q magazine on the album, Albarn reveals: “The three tenents for this record were pain, joy, urgency. I told everyone to imagine you’re in America after the inauguration and it’s the worst case scenario: how would you feel that night? Let’s make a party record about the world going … nuts.”
“It’s amazing what you can do when your band members aren’t real people,” says Hewlett. “These characters are a conduit for everything we want to say but if we got up and said it, it wouldn’t have the same impact. Humanz is not a political statement about Trump – it’s a world in which he could get elected. Where are we as a race? Why haven’t we grown out of this? Putting a ‘z’ on the end is not a hip-hop statement, it’s more like an android Z. Are we human beings or just humanz?“
The June issue goes on sale on 11 April.
Here is the cover:
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