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Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher leave past behind to team up on new album

The Blur-Oasis collaboration you thought you’d never hear.

Damon Albarn has teamed up with his former Britpop nemesis Noel Gallagher on the new Gorillaz album.

Gorillaz announced on Thursday evening that they would release studio album Humanz on April 28 and gave fans a first listen to one of the record’s tracks, We Got The Power, on Radio X.

Damon’s band Blur was known for its rivalry with Noel’s Oasis in the 90s, making the pair a surprising team for the song, but the singer said that Noel had performed backing vocals on the track.

The old animosity was a thing of the past, Damon said.

“I mean now it feels like, completely, you know, not news at all really,” he said.

Noel, he said, was “really great”.

“He’s fantastic in the studio and it’s nice when you see how someone goes about their business.”

We Got The Power also features Damon’s Blur bandmate Graham Coxon and Savages singer Jehnny Beth, who Damon said brought some balance to the track.

He said: “I felt sort of at one point this song had Graham, Noel and me on it and it was just sort of heading slightly in the wrong direction.

“It was becoming very, kind of, retro in its spirit and the record it’s sort of, it’s the song that comes on in the final titles of the film, you know? It’s that mood that you leave a cinema with.”

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