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6LACK joins Gorillaz and Elton John on “The Pink Phantom”

The track will appear on the Gorillaz album ‘Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.’

Gorillaz and 6LACK
Gorillaz and 6LACK
Video screenshot/Jamie Hewlett

Fans of Gorillaz have been enjoying the band’s “Song Machine” episodes, each of which has revealed a new track from their forthcoming album of the same name. Now, we know that Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez will be making landfall October 23, and will feature the previous singles “Désolé” with Fatoumata Diawara, “Aries” with Georgia and Peter Hook, “How Far” with Skepta and Tony Allen, and the ScHoolboy Q-assisted “Pac-Man.”

This week, Gorillaz return with another track titled “The Pink Phantom,” which teams 6LACK up with legendary artist Elton John. As with the aforementioned cuts, the single also comes with a video where everyone sans a trippy colored 6LACK is presented in the Gorillaz cartoon style. Produced alongside Nigerian drummer and longtime Gorillaz collaborator Remi Kabaka, the track centers around summer love:

“Try to tell you that I love you but I’m choked up, you forgot and that makes me feel like no one, were you even really there? Did you ever really care?/

Wait, I got so many examples of all of the good times we had, long summer nights, held you long time, put your name in my rhyme, refresh your memory.../”

Check out both “The Pink Phantom” and Song Machine’s full tracklisting below.

Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez tracklisting:

  1. “Strange Timez” Feat. Robert Smith)
  2. “The Valley of the Pagans” Feat. Beck
  3. “The Lost Chord” Feat. Leee John
  4. “Pac-Man” Feat. ScHoolboy Q
  5. “Chalk Tablet Towers” Feat. St. Vincent
  6. “The Pink Phantom” Feat. 6LACK & Elton John
  7. “Aries” Feat. Georgia & Peter Hook
  8. “Friday 13th” Feat. Octavian
  9. “Dead Butterflies” Feat. Kano & Roxani Arias
  10. “Désolé” Feat. Fatoumata Diawara
  11. “Momentary Bliss” Feat. Slaves & ​slowthai
  12. “Opium” Feat. EARTHGANG
  13. “Simplicity” Feat. Joan As Police Woman)
  14. “Severed Head” Feat. GoldLink & Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  15. “With Love to an Ex” Feat. Moonchild Sanelly
  16. “MLS” Feat. CHAI & JPEGMAFIA
  17. “How Far?” Feat. Skepta & Tony Allen

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