Have you ever imagined Gorillaz singing reggetón? Neither could we. However, the animated group’s singer-songwriter Damon Albarn confirmed in an interview with Warp to have recorded a song with none other than Bad Bunny.
“What I love about Gorillaz is that I can bring whoever I want, you know?” he stated. “I was in Jamaica recently and recorded a Gorillaz song with Bad Bunny. That’s something exciting for next year,” he stated, adding that the animated group’s next studio album will be influenced by Latin American music.
“Bad Bunny is the first single. It’s the first song I’ve done from this new project,” he said. “I still don’t know when it’s coming out or how we’re going to release it, but we finished it, and it’s… yeah, pretty much a reggaeton song. It’s Bad Bunny meets Gorillaz.”
Albarn, who once fronted Blur, one of the most important Brit Pop bands of the 90s, has taken a historic step in the fusion of genres and big names in music.
“It was fantastic to work with him. He’s a very talented guy,” Albarn said of the Bad Bunny collaboration, adding that “I don’t care what people think, I’m always doing what I think can generate great music, you know?”
Gorillaz’s latest studio album, “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez,” came out in 2020 and featured supporting talent that rivals even Bad Bunny, including Elton John, Schoolboy Q, and The Cure’s Robert Smith. It reached number five on the ARIA album chart. The group also released a surprise EP titled Meanwhile last month.