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Gorillaz team up with Robert Smith on ‘Strange Timez’ and share star-studded ‘Song Machine’ tracklist

Gorillaz have shared the star-studded tracklist for their forthcoming ‘Song Machine’ album, which will include collaborations with Elton John, St. Vincent, Beck and more. Check out ‘Strange Timez’, featuring The Cure‘s Robert Smith, below.

The cartoon group began the episodic project back in January to mark their 20th anniversary, and have since shared team-ups with the likes of Slaves, Slowthai, Peter Hook, Georgia and more.

It has been confirmed today (September 9) that an 11-track collection, ‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’, will arrive in various formats on October 23.

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The news comes as Gorillaz offer up their latest, Robert Smith-assisted song ‘Strange Timez’ – watch its colourful, Jamie Hewlett-directed visuals below.

“We did this tune with Robert completely by email,” Damon Albarn explained on BBC Radio 6 Music today. Smith added: “I loved it! I thought it was excellent. I felt ripples in the force and I thought, ‘I better get this done’.”

As well as the previously released tracks, the ‘Song Machine’ album will feature St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark – on a song called ‘Chalk Tablet Towers’, while Elton John will appear alongside 6LACK on ‘The Pink Phantom’. Beck, meanwhile, has contributed to a cut titled ‘The Valley of The Pagans’.

Check out the full tracklists for ‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’ below.

1. Strange Timez (ft. Robert Smith)
2. The Valley of The Pagans (ft. Beck)
3. The Lost Chord (ft. Leee John)
4. Pac-Man (ft. ScHoolboy Q)
5. Chalk Tablet Towers (ft. St Vincent)
6. The Pink Phantom (ft. Elton John and 6LACK)
7. Aries (ft. Peter Hook and Georgia)
8. Friday 13th (ft. Octavian)
9. Dead Butterflies (ft. Kano and Roxani Arias)
10. Désolé (ft. Fatoumata Diawara) (Extended Version)
11. Momentary Bliss (ft. slowthai and Slaves)

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

Gorillaz will showcase the new project with a live-streamed performance, ‘Song Machine Live’, on December 12-13. The show will air globally across three time zones via LiveNow – you can find more information here.

Meanwhile, the group have also been working on another project in the form of their first hardback annual, which is also set to arrive on October 23.

The Gorillaz ALMANAC will feature 120+ pages of games, puzzles, new artwork and comic strips, published by Z2 Comics.

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