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Two years after they returned to the scene with The Now Now, an album without any featuring artists, Gorillaz are going back to what they love doing best: collaborations. The singles were released sporadically throughout 2020 with a high-flying lineup. Damon Albarn released one song per month, with the whole thing making up Season 1 of Song Machine. The album opens with the brilliant and highly relevant track Strange Times featuring Robert Smith. Damon says that he worked with the singer from The Cure entirely over email. “What I gave Robert was something very vague. He completely and utterly made it what it is” he said. It’s a masterpiece that’s perfectly fitting for the pandemic. In the long guestlist we find Beck on The Valleys of the Pagans, Leee John on the soulful The Lost Chord and the sweet high notes of Imagination, Peter Hook and the young singer Georgia on the post-punk song Aries, Fatoumata Diawara on the hypnotic Désolée (where Albarn even sings in French) and the raunchy punk rap of Momentary Bliss with slowthaï. The more you listen to it the more you can appreciate its richness. That’s what makes the album so good: it brings together incongruent artists who take the songs in a whole range of different directions. You never know where you’re going next. The Gorillaz lead you through a whole array of styles, adding a common varnish to each layer. The Deluxe edition includes six new tracks including MLS with JPEGMafia and the excellent Opium by the Southern duo EarthGang who are signed to J Cole’s label Dreamville. This is an eclectic, profound and very large scale project that’s stamped with Albarn’s impeccable production. And we’ve even got Season 2 and a Netflix documentary to look forward to! © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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1
Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith)
Gorillaz
00:03:47

Robert Smith, featured artist (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, songwriter, producer) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, live drums, songwriting, producer) - Additional musicians : Etta Albarn Teulon, Trumpet - Technical : Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

2
The Valley of The Pagans (feat. Beck)
Beck
00:03:00

Beck Hansen, featured artist (vocals, writer) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, live drums, songwriting, producer) - Technical : Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

3
The Lost Chord (feat. Leee John)
Leee John
00:04:03

Leee John, featured artist (vocals, writer) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, live drums, songwriting, producer) - James Ford, Writer - Technical : Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

4
Pac-Man (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
Schoolboy Q
00:03:12

Schoolboy Q, featured artist (vocals, songwriting) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, live drums, songwriting, producer) - Additional musicians : John Smythe, guitar, songwriting - Weathrman, keyboards, bass, synthesizer - Prince Paul (Paul Huston), producer, backing vocals, songwriting - Quincy Hanley, writer - John McNeill, writer - Joel McNeill, writer - Elvin "Wit" Shahbazian, writer - Technical : Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer - Elvin “Wit” Shahbazian, Engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership

5
Chalk Tablet Towers (feat. St Vincent)
St. Vincent
00:03:02

St Vincent, featured artist (vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - A. Clark, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

6
The Pink Phantom (feat. Elton John and 6LACK)
Elton John
00:04:13

Elton John, featured artist (piano, vocals) - 6LACK, featured artist (vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Ricardo Valdez Valentine Jr., writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Matt Doughty, engineer - Ricardo Valdez Valentine Jr., engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

7
Aries (feat. Peter Hook and Georgia)
Peter Hook
00:04:13

Georgia, featured artist (drums, percussion) - Peter Hook, featured artist (bass, bass, vocals, songwriting) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Additional musicians : James Ford, producer, percussion, drum programmer, Synthesizer, live drums - P2J, additional producer, drum programmer - - Peter Hook, Writer - Richard Isong, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership

8
Friday 13th (feat. Octavian)
Octavian
00:03:35

Octavian (Godgi), featured artist (vocals, songwriting) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership

9
Dead Butterflies (feat. Kano and Roxani Arias)
Kano
00:04:33

Kano (Kane Brett Robinson), featured artist (vocals, songwriter) - Roxani Arias, featured artist (vocals, songwriter) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - M. Williams, Writer - M. Middlebrooks, Writer - D. Gayle, Writer - Mike Will Made-It, Producer - Marzeratti, Producer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

10
Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) (Extended Version)
Gorillaz
00:05:33

Fatoumata Diawara, featured artist (vocals, songwriting) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Composed by Damon Albarn, Fatoumata Diawara, James Ford, Remi Kabala Jr. - Davide Rossi, string Arranger - Additional musicians : James Ford, keyboards, percussion, balafon percussion, co-production, songwriting - Isabelle Dunn, cello - Alice Pratley, violin - Ciara Ismail, violin - Nicola Hicks, viola - Sebastien Blanchon, horn - Zither, live drums - Augustin Ledieu, backing vocals - Vanina de Franco, backing vocals - Neima Naouri, backing vocals - Emmanuel Laniece, backing vocals - - Nora Fedrigo, electronics - Sylvain Bellegarde, background vocals) - Technical : Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Sylvain Mercier, engineer - Adrien Libmann, engineer - Davide Lasala, engineer - Andrea Fognini, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership

11
Momentary Bliss (feat. Slowthai and Slaves)
Slowthai
00:03:41

Slowthai, featured artist (vocals, songwriting) - Slaves, featured artist (guitar, vocals, live Drums) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Mike Dean, Writer - Laurence Vincent, Writer - Tyron Frampton, Writer - Isaac Holman, Writer - Mike Dean Mwa, Co-Producer, Drum Programming - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

12
Opium (feat. EarthGang)
EarthGang
00:06:50

EarthGang, featured artist (vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Richard Isong, Writer - O. Fann, Writer - E. Parker, Writer - P2J, Producer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

13
Simplicity (feat. Joan As Police Woman)
Joan As Police Woman
00:02:44

Joan As Police Woman, featured artist (Producer, Vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Joan Wasser, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

14
Severed Head (feat. Goldlink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
GoldLink
00:03:34

Goldlink, featured artist (Vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - R. Nielson, Writer - D. Carlos, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

15
With Love To An Ex (feat. Moonchild Sanelly)
Moonchild Sanelly
00:03:01

Moonchild Sanelly, featured artist (vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - S. Twisha, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

16
MLS (feat. JPEGMafia and Chai)
JPEGMafia
00:03:13

JPEGMafia, featured artist (vocals) - Chai, featured artist (vocals) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - B. Hendricks, Writer - K. Obata, Writer - M. Obata, Writer - Y. Matsui, Writer - Y. Mizutani, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited.

17
How Far? (feat. Tony Allen and Skepta)
Tony Allen
00:02:46

Tony Allen, featured artist (vocals, drums, Writer) - Skepta, featured artist (vocals, songwriting) - Gorillaz (Damon Albarn, vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, director, producer) - A&R Producer (Remi Kabaka Jr., drum programming, percussion, songwriting, live drums, producer) - Stella Page, Strings - Ciara Ismail, Strings - Kotono Sato, Strings - Izzi Dunn, Strings - J. Adenuga, Writer - Samuel Egglenton, engineer - Stephen Sedgwick, mixing engineer - John Davis, mastering engineer

Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., © 2020 Gorillaz Partnership Under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited., ℗ 2020 Gorillaz Partnership

Album Description

Two years after they returned to the scene with The Now Now, an album without any featuring artists, Gorillaz are going back to what they love doing best: collaborations. The singles were released sporadically throughout 2020 with a high-flying lineup. Damon Albarn released one song per month, with the whole thing making up Season 1 of Song Machine. The album opens with the brilliant and highly relevant track Strange Times featuring Robert Smith. Damon says that he worked with the singer from The Cure entirely over email. “What I gave Robert was something very vague. He completely and utterly made it what it is” he said. It’s a masterpiece that’s perfectly fitting for the pandemic. In the long guestlist we find Beck on The Valleys of the Pagans, Leee John on the soulful The Lost Chord and the sweet high notes of Imagination, Peter Hook and the young singer Georgia on the post-punk song Aries, Fatoumata Diawara on the hypnotic Désolée (where Albarn even sings in French) and the raunchy punk rap of Momentary Bliss with slowthaï. The more you listen to it the more you can appreciate its richness. That’s what makes the album so good: it brings together incongruent artists who take the songs in a whole range of different directions. You never know where you’re going next. The Gorillaz lead you through a whole array of styles, adding a common varnish to each layer. The Deluxe edition includes six new tracks including MLS with JPEGMafia and the excellent Opium by the Southern duo EarthGang who are signed to J Cole’s label Dreamville. This is an eclectic, profound and very large scale project that’s stamped with Albarn’s impeccable production. And we’ve even got Season 2 and a Netflix documentary to look forward to! © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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