Gorillaz have released a brand-new song titled “How Far?”. It features contributions from grime rapper Skepta and pioneering Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, who died last week.
In a press statement, Gorillaz said the song was written and recorded with Skepta prior to London’s COVID-19 lockdown, and was released as a tribute to Allen, who passed away last Thursday from a sudden aortic rupture.
“How Far?” is part of the virtual band’s ongoing Song Machine series, and follows the previously released tracks “Aries,” “Désolé” and the slowthai- and Slaves-assisted “Momentary Bliss.”
Allen was a longtime collaborator and friend of the band. The 79-year-old drummer played alongside Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and The Clash’s Paul Simonon as part of the English supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen. The band released their eponymous debut album in 2007 before dropping their latest record, Merrie Land, in 2018.
Listen to “How Far?” below: