A NEW ERA FOR THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ANIMATED BAND
SEE ‘CRACKER ISLAND ft. Thundercat’ VIDEO DEBUT HERE
“…dance-floor-ready banger of a track…the summer anthem of this year.”
– BEATS PER MINUTE
“…a sleek and summery jam…invites the listener to simply lock into its blissed-out groove.”
– NEW YORK TIMES
“… a groove made all the more golden by virtuoso bassist Thundercat”
– THE INDEPENDENT
“…the cartoon poppers are starting a cult in California, this jaunty tune will net some followers.”
– THE OBSERVER
“…a bustling blast of dance funk that tempers its slick, bass-heavy groove with plenty of grit and a touch of dark wave energy.”
– ROLLING STONE
In a delirium of police lights and hallucinations, the BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band Gorillaz ring in a new dawn, teaming up with Nexus Studios to create the epic psychedelic video for their summer banger ‘Cracker Island ft. Thundercat’. Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and the Emmy nominated Nexus Studios director, Fx Goby, Cracker Island takes viewers on a late night journey into the City of Angels. Watch HERE.
Murdoc said – “Think of it as the final scene in the movie, the bit after the grand finale when the hero (me) is about to stride into the sunset, credits rolling. That’s right, we’re starting at the end. Why? COS I WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.”
Originally based at Kong Studios in West London, the group of musical misfits – Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D – have relocated to Silverlake, California as they recruit new members to join ‘The Last Cult’, in search of the one truth to fix the world.
Cracker Island features virtuosic bassist, mercurial talent and twice-Grammy winner Thundercat, with production courtesy of eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz and Remi Kabaka Jr.
The Gorillaz World Tour 2022 which started in South America earlier in the year has seen the band play to ecstatic crowds at Primavera and across Europe, and on to Australia for the Gorillaz’ first visit in 12 years, before one-off shows next month in London at All Points East on August 19th and Dublin’s 3Arena on August 17th ahead of a hugely anticipated U.S. run of dates in September and October. Complete list of dates here.
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Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world with their colourful backstory and ground-breaking virtual ways. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.
ABOUT NEXUS STUDIOS
Nexus Studios is a global creative studio fostering world-class talent to produce high-quality long-form and short-form films, music videos, title identities and immersive experiences. With studios in London, LA and Sydney, they craft visually distinct narrative-led stories. Their prolific output includes collaborations with the likes of Billie Eilish, Tom Odell, J-Balvin, Coldplay, U2, Childish Gambino and more. Along with a BAFTA win, an Oscar and an Emmy nomination, they hold two Grammy nominations for the concert feature ‘Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever’ and the music video ‘Take Me Out’ for Franz Ferdinand. Most recently Nexus Studios enlisted Oscar winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla to create the original score of their Netflix anthology ‘The House’.