Gorillaz release new single ‘Baby Queen’

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Gorillaz have released a new single ‘Baby Queen’ from their upcoming album ‘Cracker Island’.

You may have already heard this new track from its preview on the FIFA ‘23 soundtrack that came out in September.

Frontman Damon Albarn found the inspiration for this track from a 1997 Blur concert which saw a Thai princess stagedive he recalls to the LA Times.

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He said: “‘Song 2’ started and she stood on her throne and stage-dived into the crowd.

“The reason I’ve written a song about it is because I had a dream about this princess very recently; she’d grown up and we spent time in my dream together, her as a woman.”

‘Baby Queen’ is a slow-paced, cinematic track paired with the echoing vocals of Albarn singing “in my dreams”.

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Gorillaz are returning with their eighth studio album, ‘Cracker Island’ in February 2023 with ‘Baby Queen’ to feature on 11-track project.

Speaking on the album Noodle, the band’s cartoon guitarist explains, “is the sound of change and the chorus of the collective”.

This year, Gorillaz have also released the single ‘Cracker Island’ featuring Thundercat and ‘New Gold’ with Tame Impala as well as Bootie Brown.

Features on the album will also include Bad Bunny and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.

Listen to ‘Baby Queen’ below. Pre-order ‘Cracker Island’ here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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