Gorillaz will launch a new four-part Apple Music show, song machine radio, to support their next collection, strange timez, released on October 23.
The first episode airs October 19 at 5 p.m. ET, the second on November 6 at 3 p.m. ET, the third on November 23 at 2 p.m. ET, and the fourth and final on December 9 at midnight ET. Each member of the animated outfit – 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs – will host their own hour-long episode of the show, with 2D leading the premiere.
Gorillaz didn’t share too many additional details about the series, but the episodes will include “custom musical selections, special guests, non-musical chats, and segments with Gorillaz co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.” In addition to discussing strange timez and their Song Machine Series, the group will reflect on its 20-year history.
strange timez will compile the titles released by Gorillaz for the first season of song machine, a series they launched in January with the goal of releasing music outside the constraints of a typical album cycle. The series featured collaborations with Slowthai and Slaves (“Momentary Bliss”), Peter Hook and Georgia (“Aries”), Schoolboy Q (“Pac-Man”), Cure frontman Robert Smith (“Strange Timez”) and Elton John. and 6lack (“The Pink Phantom”). Other artists expected to appear on the disc include Beck, St. Vincent, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Goldlink, Jpegmafia, Chai and Earthgang.
Gorillaz will perform songs by strange timez — along with old favorites — at an upcoming virtual concert, Song Machine Live, airing December 12-13.