As previously reported, Gorillaz/Blur mastermind Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen recently came together to form Rocketjuice and The Moon. After making their live debut last fall, the trio is now gearing for the release of their debut album, as Exclaim points out. According to an article in this month’s issue of MOJO Magazine (which you can see in screenshot form here), the self-titled album arrives in March.
Spanning 18 tracks, the album was recorded Albarn’s Studio 13 in London, “with additional parts added in Paris, Berlin and Chicago.” Along with Albarn, Flea, and Allen, the album features the talents of Erykah Badu, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara, West Africa rapper M.Anifest, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, among others.
Speaking with MOJO, Flea said the project came together after the three musicians met on a plane in 2008. “The three of us were going to Lagos as part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express collective. I’m a huge Fela Kuti fan and Tony Allen is one of my favorite drummers, so to get to talk and play with him was just phenomenal. The way I approach rhythm and groove is very similar to the way he does, and I feel with him a special something that is difficult to put into words but it’s a beautiful thing. By the end of that Lagos trip we’d made a promise to get in a room whenever we could and cook up some grooves, the only rule being we’d be fucking getting down and getting busy and making it hard.”
According to Allen, the album is “all funk,” noting that its ”goove music, music that makes you dance. The audience don’t want to sit and listen, they want to move their bodies. That is crucial, and Rocketjuice & The Moon will make them do that.”
According to MOJO, the album will arrive in the UK on March 12th. Stay tuned for a possible U.S. release date. In the meantime, check out a live recording of “Red Skies” from the trio’s performance in Marseille last October.