Song of the Day: “The Pink Phantom” by Gorillaz featuring Elton John and 6LACK

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2-D and Elton John (Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

“The Pink Phantom” featuring Elton John and 6LACK is the latest episode of Song Machine and sees Gorillaz joined by a unique combination of talent in the one and only Elton John — as you have never seen him before! — and GRAMMY-nominated Atlanta rapper 6LACK.

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Song of the Day: “Strange Timez” by Gorillaz featuring Robert Smith

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Pretty much every time Gorillaz releases a song during the pandemic, we name it our Song of the Day.

And so it goes with “Strange Timez” by Gorillaz featuring Robert Smith, a combination you may have been waiting for ever since Gorillaz began collaborating with inspirational artists to make songs (which has been since their very first tune)!

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Song of the Day: “Pac-Man” by Gorillaz featuring ScHoolboy Q

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Gorillaz with ScHoolBoy Q (Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

It’s no secret by now that Gorillaz are making some of the most alluring music of the pandemic. With the animated band’s Song Machine project, 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel are turning out banger after banger with special guest stars.

Gorillaz’s latest is no exception as the band team with American rapper ScHoolboy Q for “Pac-Man.”

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Song of the Day: “Prisoners” by Doves

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Doves recently revealed their first new music in 11 years and broke their silence on new album rumors by announcing their long awaited fifth studio album, The Universal Want, set for release on Sept. 11 through IMPERIAL in the United States.

Buoyed by refreshed chemistry, restless studio creativity, and public reaction to their return, Doves have set free the album’s first single, “Prisoners.”

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Song of the Day: “Friday 13th” by Gorillaz featuring Octavian

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Gorillaz with Octavian (Photo art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

Animated downtempo ensemble Gorillaz has been soundtracking the pandemic lockdown here at Parklife DC, and that’s A-OK.

Gorillaz have turned to virtual studio Song Machine to fill the air with new music and good vibes to counter the coronavirus, and the fourth episode of the band’s new series is called “Friday 13th,” a hypnotic meditation featuring French-British rapper and singer Octavian (winner of the coveted BBC Sound of 2019) along with a video self-filmed at home during lockdown.

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Song of the Day: “How Far” by Gorillaz featuring Tony Allen and Skepta

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Gorillaz (Photo by Bernard Benant; Art courtesy Nasty Little Man)

Tony Allen died aged 79 of an aortic aneurysm on April 30. He of course was a co-creator of Afrobeat, the fusion of funk, jazz, and African styles that he produced in Nigeria in partnership with Fela Kuti in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Animated downtempo quartet Gorillaz featured Tony on their latest track “How Far,” taken from their new album Song Machine, and it is our Song of the Day.

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Song of the Day: “Aries” by Gorillaz

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Gorillaz with creator Damon Albarn, right (Art by co-creator Jamie Hewlett, left.)

“Aries” is the third episode of Song Machine from Gorillaz. Featuring the legendary Peter Hook on bass, with alt-pop singer and producer Georgia on drums, “Aries” sees our virtual heroes capture much of the current mood with a soaring affirmation of human connection.

If you like the song, tune into Liberation Dance Party tonight for Gorillaz and more new music. Details below!

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Snapshots: Peter Hook & The Light @ Union Transfer — 10/24/19

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If you’re a new wave lad like myself, Peter Hook, famed co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, is one of the top bassists alive. He has an unmistakable groove rooted in the glam, and I daresay even blues, of the 1970s — but one that grows and spreads forward into the digital age and beyond.

Hooky remains today a singular and unmistakable musician, keeping his work alive with Peter Hook & The Light, which kicked off a North American Tour in Philadelphia recently to pay tribute to the New Order albums Technique and Republic. Jason Nicholson took some pictures of the band at Union Transfer.

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Preview: Peter Hook & The Light @ Union Transfer, 10/24/19

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Peter Hook performs at Union Transfer on April 26, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Peter Hook, former bassist of Joy Division and New Order, pays tribute to both acts with a 15-date tour that begins in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 24. Appearing at Union Transfer, Peter Hook & The Light revisit New Order’s Technique, the band’s 1989 album, as well as Republic, their 1993 record, in concert.

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