The latest single in the current series by the virtual group Song Machine features British rapper Octavian Friday the 13th” is announced as the fourth episode of the Song Machine series, which means that “How Far? was not an album last month. Albarn and Remi Kabaka Jr. offer a light and dark slot in which Octavian talks about “drinking too much” and “smoking too much”. “Octavio also plays a major role in the song’s video clip. Gorillaz announced Song Machine at the end of January and called it a music and animation series to be released in the course of 2020. Song Machine’s first episode, “Momentary Bliss,” featured British punk rock duo Slaves and politically engaged rapper Slowthai. Drake’s favorite rapper, Octavio, can be heard on Damon Albarn and company’s latest single, “Momentary Bliss. They are also complemented by clips from Machine Bitez – “scathing conversations between cartoon band members and real-life collaborators”. “A total of eight Machine Bitez have been released to date. Albarn and Allen had previously teamed up on The Good, the Bad and the Queen, and Albarn sang the lead vocals on “Go Back,” taken from Allen’s landmark album, Film of Life, released in 2014. Each episode is accompanied by a unique music video with live footage and distinctive Jamie Hewlett animations. The third episode premiered in early April and features former New Order bassist Peter Hook and British high-pop singer Georgia. As for Octavio, his latest single “Veneno” came out in April. The second episode, the disco number “Désolé”, featured the voice of French-Italian musician Fatoumata Diawara. In early May, “How Far? was released with the late Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen and rapper Skepta. They also noted that the project would have an “ever-changing guest list,” suggesting that it was not as integrated as it would have been on a classic album.
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