The Gorillaz’s Song Machine continues to entertain us with great collaborations, like The Pink Phantom, a emotional and eclectic ballad about a failed relationship that leads to tragedy. This time, the cartoon musicians are accompanied by rapper 6LACK and none other than Sir Elton John on vocals and piano.
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In the official music video for the track “Strange Timez,” Murdoc and friends land their Winnebago spaceship on the surface of a moon that happens to be home to the inescapable face of The Cure frontman Robert Smith… and a mysterious monolith. From Song Machine: Season One.
Remix artist William Maranci did a great job combining the warm and inviting sounds of Wintergatan’s musical marble machine with Gorillaz’ track Feel Good Inc. As its musician and inventor cranks it up, Maranci has to fool with the BPM a bit, but that’s part of the fun.
“High tide, and it feels like I’m falling in again.” Gorillaz brings us a great new track from their Song Machine series. Recorded in collaboration with New Order and Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook and Georgia, the tune has the sounds and textures of a long lost track from New Order’s back catalog.
Steady, watch me navigate, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Stylophone maestro maromaro1337 performs a great multitrack cover of Gorillaz and De La Soul’s earworm Feel Good Inc., using nothing but inexpensive analog synths to take the place of the vocal and instrumental tracks.
Despite its jangly and upbeat sounds, Gorillaz’s 2005 hit Feel Good Inc. was actually a sharp criticism of the music industry and consumer culture. Polyphonic offers up a great analysis of the track and its music video, and why it’s so clever in the way it delivers its message.
What’s this, two Gorillaz albums in less than a year? That’s what appears to be the case with the release of the first single off of THE NOW NOW, a smooth and groovy track featuring vocals from 2D, George Benson, and a music video with a typically effervescent Jack Black.
Enigmatic, ever-changing virtual group Gorillaz teamed up with vocalist Little Simz on this banger of a track, which is accompanied by a brilliantly animated pixel art music video visualized by Noah Harris and Nicos Livesey of Blinkink, along with illustrator Mckay Felt.
Besides Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, one thing that’s been consistent in Gorillaz’ ever-changing 16+ year run is the use of samples. Kirima Nagi put together this video which catalogs some of the many sound bites which have made their way into the group’s tracks.
Kaptain Kristian takes a look at one of our favorite bands. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is a modern-day supergroup, with a constantly changing lineup, a free-flowing, enigmatic style, and fronted by a stable of four archetypal animated characters.
Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs presents another meta cover – this time performing Gorillaz’ 2005 hit in the style of artists ranging from The Prodigy to Sir-Mix-a-Lot to Queen and even Darude. Keep an eye out for guitar cameos from some of our favorite YouTube rockers.
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