Ahead of their Splendour appearance next month (and accompanying sideshows), Gorillaz have blessed us with a brand new track which features a dude who was practically destined to end up in 2D’s orbit: Grammy-winning bassist-singer-songwriter Thundercat.

Cracker Island thumps with a rock-solid beat and – in case you couldn’t’ve guessed it – a smooth as funk bassline.

Meanwhile, what have 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel been up to? Well… plenty, according to the presser:

“The world’s biggest virtual band have relocated to Silverlake, California where it turns out that the answer to life’s question – the one truth to fix the world – is to invite fans to join ‘The Last Cult’, with Murdoc as it’s self-appointed Great Leader.

2D said, ‘It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet.'”

If that doesn’t get you excited for a new Gorillaz era, then the fresh The Last Cult website should, despite the fact it’s unpopulated except for a mailing list prompt. You’ll get a rather weird message on-screen once you sign up – “This is the Beginning of the End (of the Beginning)” – and then a wee digital missive from our Great Leader himself, straight to your inbox:

Typewritten letter from cartoon character Murdoc

Ooooh, what does it all mean?!

Listen to Cracker Island below, and keep your peepers out for more.

Gorillaz are hitting Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide for Splendour sideshows in July; get all your dates and ticketing info here.