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Gorillaz Share New Song With Elton John and 6LACK: Listen – Pitchfork

October 1, 2020

Gorillaz have spent months releasing singles as part of their Song Machine series, which culminates in the new album Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez. Today, Damon Albarn’s cartoon stars have shared another single from the new album. “The Pink Phantom” features Elton John and 6LACK. Listen to it below. Elton John said in a statement:

Damon reached out and asked me to do something and the way the song has turned out is just great. I was in the studio in London and he was at the other end in Devon, but even remotely it was such an engaging and creative process. I’ve always loved Damon because he encompasses so many different sorts of music. He has his fingers in so many pies and although he’s achieved so much, he never sits still creatively. He’s constantly pushing forward and embracing the new, which is admirable and rare. He’s always working—he’s always doing something. He’s done so much to promote music from around the world, from Africa, from China, that people hadn’t previously heard and I really admire that. I’ve always been a Gorillaz fan anyway, so when he asked me to do a Gorillaz track—it was a no brainer. I’m so very, very happy that that’s come about.

The deluxe Song Machine features “Strange Timez” (featuring the Cure’s Robert Smith), “Momentary Bliss” (featuring slowthai and Slaves), “Désolé” (featuring Fatoumata Diawara), “Aries” (featuring Peter Hook and Georgia), “How Far?” (featuring Skepta and the late Tony Allen), “Friday 13th” (featuring Octavian), and “PAC-MAN” (featuring ScHoolboy Q). It also includes collaborations with St. Vincent, Beck, EarthGang, GoldLink, and more.

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