Gorillaz Song Machine Deluxe Vinyl“It’s one of the best albums I’ve ever made,” Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn declares of Song Machine Season One (and we’re all well aware of this geezer’s back catalogue).

The set opens with this drip-fed Gorillaz project’s crowning moment: the luminous Robert Smith-featuring Strange Timez, with its demented keys that sound like they’re being played by a posse of spiders on crack. Elsewhere, there’s animated Elton John crooning “on a peach blossom highway” (The Pink Phantom); the unmistakable, show-offy thrumming of Hooky’s low-slung bass (Aries); Damon/2D playing melodica and evoking retro Clint Eastwood vibes (MLS); and the late, great Tony Allen’s unparalleled drumming finesse (closer, How Far?).

Idiosyncratic, buoyant and brimming with innovation, Song Machine sounds like way too much studio fun, bottled and distributed.

Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez by Gorillaz is out October 23 via Warner.

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