Gorillaz released their first new music of 2022 with “Cracker Island”, a new single featuring Thundercat. Thursday’s release marks the animated brainchild of Amon Albarn‘s first release since 2021’s Meanwhile EP featuring Jelani BlackmanAJ Tracey, Barrington Levy, and Alicaì Harley.

“Cracker Island” is a club-ready bop, with Thundercat finding his space between gyration-inducing synthwork. The multi-hyphenated bassist is heard adding his falsetto throughout the song, with a distinct bassline toward the end. Gorillaz co-produced the track alongside Grammy winner Greg Kurstin and Remi Kabaka Jr. 

Gorillaz appear to be up to something larger in the studio, as bassist Murdoc attempts to cajole people into “The Last Cult“. Details are scarce, though Murdoc has proclaimed himself the “self-appointed Great Leader” of the new movement.

“It’s nice to be back. I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet,” lead vocalist 2D said.

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Listen to the new Gorillaz collaboration with Thundercat, “Cracker Island”, via the player below or on your preferred streaming platform. Gorillaz are in the midst of a world tour that has seen the live debut of “Cracker Island” and “Silent Running”, the latter of which has not yet been released on streaming platforms. Thundercat has a headlining tour this summer sandwiched between dates opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Gorillaz – “Cracker Island” (ft. Thundercat)