Gorillaz unveiled their new Pusha T and Mavis Staples collaboration ‘Let Me Out’ yesterday – the next track to be lifted from their new album Humanz.
Pusha T later dropped into Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show to chat about the collaboration, during which he discussed some of the ideas behind the album, explaining that when Albarn initially asked rapper to contribute last year, he told him “to conceptualize the album, you know, like the album’s a party for the end of the world, like if Trump were to win.” This was spring 2016 – Trump’s presidency was barely even an imagined horror at that point, let alone a reality.
“I mean, I didn’t even want to think about it, but that did give me a very colorful backdrop into just being like, say anything and attack all issues that I wanted to attack and attack in the song,” Pusha continued. “So when it really happened, I was like, ‘Wait a minute.’ And then I started wondering like, what type of crystal ball did this guy have? Like why are you even asking me to even think along these lines? And he really did, man. He was first. I don’t think that he thought he was going to win, I’m not gonna go that far, but he definitely conceptualized this whole thing.”
During the interview, Pusha also revealed that he will be joining Gorillaz on select dates on their upcoming tour, following his performance at the Humanz debut concert in London. Check out ‘Let Me Out’ below.
Stream Gorillaz’s new track ‘Let Me Out’
Gorillaz have shared another new track from their upcoming album.
The Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-led band recently announced new album ‘Humanz’, which will be released on April 28.
The group had already aired four new songs from the record: ‘Saturnz Barz’, ‘Andromeda’, ‘We Got The Power’ and ‘Ascension’. Read NME‘s reviews of those new tracks.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Damon Albarn revealed he has another “40 or 45” Gorillaz songs in the works.
“I’m just sort of slowly going through all tunes that sort of didn’t work out and finishing them,” he said. After revealing that Little Simz features on one of the tracks, Albarn estimated that he has “40 or 45” to work on, and said: “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon.”
Meanwhile, Gorillaz have announced a ‘Spirit House’ pop-up experience that will visit three cities in April and May. The band introduced their ‘Spirit House’ in the video for ‘Saturn Barz’, which has set a new YouTube record for the best ever debut by a VR video.
Gorillaz have also announced their own Demon Dayz Festival, which will take place at Dreamland in Margate on June 10. The full line-up is still to be confirmed.
Pusha T And Mavis Staples Join Gorillaz For 'Let Me Out'
Gorillaz just keeps trickling out the jams from its very stacked album Humanz, due April 28 via Warner Bros. Pusha T and Mavis Staples feature on the psychedelic, yet sharp-edged "Let Me Out." So far, this is the most satisfying of all the guest-heavy collaborations released, the spirit of the downer-pop hit "Clint Eastwood" swirled into fervent soul.
Humanz track list:
1. "Ascension" feat. Vince Staples
2. "Strobelite" feat. Peven Everett
3. "Saturnz Barz" feat. Popcaan
4. "Momentz" feat. De La Soul
5. "Submission" feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
6. "Charger" feat. Grace Jones
7. "Andromeda" feat. D.R.A.M.
8. "Busted and Blue"
9. "Carnival" feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. "Let Me Out" feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
11. "Sex Murder Party" feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
12. "She's My Collar" feat. Kali Uchis
13. "Hallelujah Money" feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. "We Got The Power" feat. Jehnny Beth
For those splurging on the "Deluxe" edition stream in Spotify, there's five more tracks and a Carly Simon sighting:
15. "The Apprentice" feat. Rag'n' Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. "Halfway To The Halfway House" feat. Peven Everett
17. "Out Of Body" feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. "Ticker Tape" feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. "Circle Of Friendz" feat. Brandon Markell Holmes