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Screenshot from 'Saturnz Barz' | © YouTube/Gorillaz
Screenshot from 'Saturnz Barz' | © YouTube/Gorillaz

Gorillaz Teams Up with Pusha T and Mavis Staples on 'Let Me Out'

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Music Editor
Updated: 6 April 2017

Gorillaz has given fans another taste of their upcoming album, Humanz, linking up rapper Pusha T and renowned gospel vocalist Mavis Staples on “Let Me Out.”

Premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Damon Albarn discussed how the new track was written during an almost two-day train ride out of New York City. Albarn also told Lowe that he has about 40 to 45 songs that didn’t make Humanz‘ 19-track deluxe roster. “I’m just sort of slowly going through all tunes that sort of didn’t work out and finishing them… I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon,” Albarn says.

Employing a static-filled, marching beat, Pusha T takes a shot at the current U.S. president in the first verse. “Obama is gone, who is left to save us? / So together we mourn, I’m praying for my neighbors / They say the devil’s at work and Trump is calling favors,” he raps, before sharing his worries about police brutality in the second verse (“Tell me that I won’t die at the hands of the police / Promise me I won’t outlive my nephew and my niece”). Staples counters Pusha’s concerns, singing in the pre-chorus, “You got to die a little if you wanna live / Change coming / You’d best be ready for it.” While the duo fell short in terms of ‘anti-Trump’ tracks on “Hallelujah Money,” “Let Me Out” is a great success.

Gorillaz most recently released four new songs: “Saturnz Barz” (featuring Popcaan), “Andromeda” (featuring D.R.A.M.), “Ascension” (featuring Vince Staples), and “We Got The Power” (featuring Jehnny Beth), as well as a 360-degree short film for “Saturnz Barz.” Humanz is due for release on April 28. Check out the tracklist below:

1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
5. Submission feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Humanz deluxe edition bonus tracks:

15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes