This is so cool we had to tell you ASAP, even though there’s no music just yet: As part of Converse’s “Three Artists, One Song” campaign, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz is collaborating with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Andre 3000 of Outkast on a new song called “DoYaThing.” It’ll be available as a free download on Converse.com on February 23. Start the countdown.
London’s The Sun claims to have heard the new track, which, they say, sounds like it’d fit on Gorillaz’s latest album, Plastic Beach. The Sun adds that Albarn raps rather than sings the opening two verses, Murphy sings the chorus and Andre sings and raps. A 12-minute explicit version of "DoYaThing" will drop at a later date. Gorillaz's artist Jamie Hewlett is also finishing a video for the song with two new cartoon characters—a baboon in a martial arts outfit and a masked topless bloke.
Albarn spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the track and "spontaneous" collabo: “I had spoken to James a couple times, but previously I knew only [his and Andre's] work. I love that level of spontaneity. I look for it all the time. It doesn’t always arrive on my doorstep, but it’s something I aspire to.”
As part of the project, Hewlett has designed four pairs of Gorillaz Converse shoes, which you can check out (and buy) right here.
Excited for the track’s arrival on February 23? I certainly am. While you wait, check out the videos for two of my favorite Gorillaz jams, “On Melancholy Hill” from Plastic Beach and “El Manana” from Demon Days.
Gorillaz, "El Manana"
Gorillaz, "On Melancholy Hill"