Gorillaz have recruited London rapper Octavian for a new single titled ‘Friday 13th’. The track marks the fourth installment of the group’s Song Machine series. Listen to it below.
After teasing the collaboration online, the cartoon band also shared an official music video featuring Octavian as well as a host of Gorillaz members in their animated form. At the end of the video, we’re shown a quote by US activist James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
Speaking of the track, drummer Russel Hobbs said: “Every day starts in the dark, and ends in the dark, but in the middle there is light.”
The Song Machine series kicked off in January with a track titled ‘Momentary Bliss’ featuring slowthai and Slaves. Since then, the group has unveiled ‘Désolé’, ‘Aries’, and ‘How Far?’, a collaboration with the late Tony Allen and Skepta.
Last month, Gorillaz announced the Gorillaz Almanac, to be published by Z2 Comics, in celebration of their 20-year history.