Gorillaz on the comeback with new songs, album date

Alternative pop group Gorillaz has released two new songs ahead of their upcoming album Humanz - the first since their 2010 LPs Plastic Beach and The Fall.

Damon Albarn, the British musician behind Gorillaz, appeared on BBC Radio 1 on Friday morning (NZ time) to discuss the new album and play two brand new tracks, Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.) and Saturn Barz (feat. Popcaan).

The latter has since been posted on YouTube with a rather creepy music video produced by the band's cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, that features each of the band's members, space travel and a giant blue worm.

Those songs will both appear on Humanz, Gorillaz' first album in seven years, which a post on their Instagram page revealed would be released on April 28.

Gorillaz on the comeback with new songs, album date

A tracklist for the new album has also been released, and some of the collaborations promised on the album feature some of the biggest names in the alternative hip-hop scene - including the likes of Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Pusha T, D.R.A.M. and De La Soul.

The upcoming album has been a long time coming for Gorillaz fans, with suggestions of a new LP starting up when Albarn started being more active on social media.

That was followed by Instagram tales detailing how each member of the cartoon band had reunited in their home of London after leaving the fictional Plastic Beach - the setting of their last album.

In January, on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration as US President, the band also released 'Hallelujah Money' - a politically charged track that touched on several of the former business mogul's most controversial campaign promises.

Earlier this month, they surprised fans by announcing that they'll be launching their own festival, called Demon Dayz, on June 10 at Kent theme park Dreamland.