Gorillaz Tap Elton John and 6LACK for New 'Song Machine' Track "The Pink Phantom"

‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’ releases October 23.

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Gorillaz return with their latest Song Machine episode, this time pairing the one and only Elton John with 6LACK for “The Pink Phantom.” The unexpected collaboration is one of the group’s strongest new releases to date. The premiere of the seventh single also comes with the announcement that Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez will release October 23.

In a recent press statement, Elton John detailed how the collaboration came together:

Damon reached out and asked me to do something and the way the song has turned out is just great. I was in the studio in London and he was at the other end in Devon, but even remotely it was such an engaging and creative process. I’ve always loved Damon because he encompasses so many different sorts of music. He has his fingers in so many pies and although he’s achieved so much, he never sits still creatively. He’s constantly pushing forward and embracing the new, which is admirable and rare. He’s always working — he’s always doing something. He’s done so much to promote music from around the world, from Africa, from China, that people hadn’t previously heard and I really admire that. I’ve always been a Gorillaz fan anyway, so when he asked me to do a Gorillaz track—it was a no brainer. I’m so very, very happy that that’s come about.

The track also features Atlanta rapper, singer, songwriter 6LACK fresh off his 6pc Hot EP who injects some matching longing to the piano ballad. Other recent Gorillaz offerings include “Désolé”, “Aries”, “Friday 13th”, “PAC-MAN” and “Strange Timez”.

Watch the “The Pink Phantom” above and stream the song below. In more music news, Billie Eilish starred in the new James Bond: No Time to Die theme song music video.

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