Tony Allen Grabs Damon Albarn for New 'Film of Life' LP
Published Jul 02, 2014Though the details are slim, it's been confirmed that prolific Afrobeat master drummer Tony Allen is set to issue his first solo effort in five years, Film of Life. While an exact due date has yet to be delivered, the album arrives sometime in October via Jazz Village.
The LP marks his first proper solo venture since 2009's Secret Agent and has him teaming up again with longtime collaborator Damon Albarn. The album's first preview is "Go Back," a bubbling, bass-bouncing ballad was co-written with the Blur leader, who adds vocals and keyboard work to the track. According to press materials, the song is an "homage to the African refugees who ended up on the Italian island of Lampedusa."
You'll find a radio edit of the song, as well as a quick trailer teasing even more funky material, down below.
Prior to Film of Life, Albarn had appeared on Allen's 2002 LP HomeCooking, while the pair also played together in the Good, the Bad and the Queen, as well as Rocket Juice and the Moon, among other projects.