Gorillaz, LCD SoundSystem, Andre 3000 Collaboration "DoYaThing" Release
Although announced on February 9, the collaboration from Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Andre 3000 was released on February 23. Part of Converse Inc.’s “3 Artists 1 Song” campaign, “DoYaThing” surfaced on the shoe brand’s website as a free download yesterday, along with the Jamie Hewlett-designed Gorillaz footwear collection.
Even with the guest stars, “DoYaThing” has a distinct Gorillaz sound. Listen to it here:
DoYaThing--radio-edit- by maidentech
“DoYaThing” is the latest in a string of “3 Artists 1 Song” campaign tracks, which have previously included such unlikely pairings as Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy and Andrew W.K., and Santigold, Julian Casablancas, and Pharrell. For “DoYaThing,” however, the shoe design came first. After a track was proposed, Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn contacted Murphy and Andre 3000, and in September, the trio recorded in London. Aside from a concept, no other facets were planned for “DoYaThing.” Murphy told Billboard: "We didn't exchange any ideas at all [beforehand]. 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."
In describing the song process, the LCD Soundsystem singer said: "It was literally akin to a bunch of kids playing with toys until someone else said, 'Ooh! I like that bit!' […] Writing the lyrics was the funniest part... one person would be mumble-singing something and another would overhear him and ask, 'Oh… did you just sing…' I don't know... some crazy words that weren't at ALL what the guy was singing, and those new, misunderstood words could become the hook for a verse. I loved that about it."
A video is scheduled for the track, with an appearance expected by next week. An extended version is being released through the Gorillaz website at a later date.
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