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Mysterious new band Los Unidades (who are definitely Coldplay) announce charity EP

By | Published on Wednesday 28 November 2018

Los Unidades

“Parlophone Records are delighted to present new signing Los Unidades”, tweeted Warner label Parlophone yesterday. Along with it they tweeted an image which bore a striking resemblance to a distorted version of an old Coldplay press shot. Then Los Unidades released their first single and any doubt about who this actually was disappeared in approximately 0.3 milliseconds.

Los Unidades actually have three tracks to share via a new EP released by the Global Citizen charity. The blurb admits that the EP, which marks what would have been the year of Nelson Mandela’s hundredth birthday, has been curated by Chris Martin.

“It was a real honour to help further the Global Citizen movement by putting together this release alongside Chris and Parlophone”, says Coldplay’s manager David Holmes. “We’ve ended up with so many incredible performers, and we’re all extremely proud of the finished EP. May it be the first of many”.

Most of those incredible performers guest on the three tracks by Los Unidades, although there is a standalone contribution by Stargate too. Other guests on the record include Pharrell Willliams, David Guetta and Wizkid. The first track released from the EP is ‘E-Lo’, which features Williams and rapper Jozzy. It sounds like a remix of a Coldplay track.

Anyway, I don’t think there’s any question of who Los Unidades actually are. The question is, why has this been released under a different name?

It could be that the band felt that the more dance music orientated sound felt separate from their main output – although the collaborative element of the release would account for that. The other possibility is that this is something Martin hinted at four years ago coming to pass, and Coldplay are now a thing of the past.

Back in 2014, Martin told Zane Lowe on Radio 1 of the band’s then in production ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ album: “It’s our seventh [album] and the way we look at it is like the last Harry Potter book or something. Not to say there might not be another thing one day but this is the completion of something”.

So maybe Coldplay is over and Los Unidades is the new thing. Even though Los Unidades is a terrible name. We’ll see, I guess. For now, ‘Global Citizen EP 1’ is out this Friday.