It took the Gorillaz two years to release their latest album, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez, and one for EP Meanwhile (EP), Turns out we won’t have to wait long for the next one.
Gorillaz, have teamed up with psychedelic singer-songwriter and bass guitarist Thundercat to release “Cracker Island.” The single, Gorillaz’s first of the year, is a dark dance hit that debuted live when the band kicked off their world tour in Uruguay this April.
The new single features production assists from Greg Kurstin, best known for his work with Adelle, and long-time Gorillaz collaborator, Remi Kabaka Jr.
A funk-laced dancefloor drop-in with a sinister edge, the timing of the “Cracker Island” release smartly coincides with a surge in social media buzz around house music, led by Drake’s new album, Honestly Nevermind, and the Beyoncé single, “BREAK MY SOUL.”
Thundercat’s airy, futuristic vocal assist naturally frames Albarn’s weighty grit, and his bass flourishes likely spark the jealous ire of Gorillaz’s unmagnanimous bass player of two decades, the green (literally) and ominous Murdoc Nicaals. Responsible for bringing the band together in the substantial Gorillaz lore, Nicaals fittingly dons the attire of a cult leader for the single’s promotional artwork. A dark dance track that directs the ecstasy of their tour crowd and demands movement in time with the band’s sonic commands seems like something he would leap at.