Armed with only a melodica universally referred to as "battered," Damon Albarn set off from his London digs two years ago on a Malian sojourn. There, in the capital city of Bamako and its satellite villages, Albarn met and jammed with local musicians, both pro and amateur. Eventually he compiled 40 hours of tape, which the alpha Gorilla/Blurmeister brought back to England and layered with electronica, reggae, ragga, house and rock. "My idea is to set up loads of dialogues between this music and other music that I love," Albarn says. "I'm sick of the cultural assurance you get in the West. I want everyone to get... More >>>