Following previous Song Machine episodes featuring slowthai, Slaves, Fatoumata Diawara, Peter Hook, Georgia and Octavian, Gorillaz are unveiling Song Machine episode five featuring American rapper ScHoolboy Q.
Titled ‘PAC-MAN’, the track comes on the 40th anniversary of the iconic game, and was recorded in London pre-lockdown.
It’s accompanied by a vid feeling “the effects of an arcade game machine procured for Kong Studios by Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals in mysterious circumstances, resulting in some unexpected cartoon visitors”.
Check it out now below.
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