By Zachary Swickey
While it will likely be at least a couple years before we have a new Gorillaz album, we thankfully have a new track from the group to tide us over in the meantime. “DoYaThing” is a one-off multi-artists collab that also features Outkast’s Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy.
The song is the newest track featured in Converse Inc.’s “3 artists, 1 song” campaign (a previous [ridiculously catchy] campaign track, “All Summer,” included Kid Cudi, Best Coast, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend). The digital funk tune has been released as a free download on the Converse site, where you can also check out some new rad footwear designed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett.
“DoYaThing” is notably the first time Murphy has been on a mic since he disbanded LCD Soundsystem after a glorious farewell gig at Madison Square Garden last April. The track is also the first time we’ve heard from Andre 3000 in a while. (He is still apparently ignoring our cries for new Outkast material.)
Billboard spoke with Murphy about the track’s origination. “We didn’t exchange any ideas at all [beforehand]," the singer recalled. “Damon was basically saying, ‘Let’s just get in a room,’ which, even if it wasn’t Damon Albarn, is a pretty convincing argument really. To be honest, I was worried that I should prepare something, but went with it anyway."
A music video for the song is expected to be released later this month, while an uncensored, extended version of the track will reportedly appear on the Gorillaz website in the next few weeks.