Mind Equals Blown

Mind Equals Blown

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Gorillaz, Andre 3000, James Murphy "Do Ya Thing"

Ridiculousness | Converse

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With Converse’s Three Artists, One Song series, we usually hear a misfit cast of particulars collaborating on genre-busting tunes. Rather than their usual obscure pairings, Converse matched three highly-respected mad scientists: Andre 3000 of Outkast, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and Damon Albarn, the mastermind of Gorillaz. The surprisingly genius gathering produced an unsurprisingly great song in “DoYaThing,” a bouncy electronic track that should appease fans of each musician.

A few bleeps lead into a groovy loop and a strong verse from Albarn 2D, followed by a big Murphy falsetto chorus that just works. Everything through the second chorus is a clear sum of all parts; its exactly what you would expect from the insanity these musicians have released in the past. Batting clean-up is Benjamin Andre, initially offering his unique singing before dropping into a lightning-quick verse of Ice Cold’s customary rap stylings. Good luck getting “Do ya damn thing, do ya thang, ya thang” out of your head. The multi-talented Andre actually owns the entire second half of the track, singing his way to the abrupt end.

“DoYaThing” is an oreo – a tasty treat that’s exactly what you wanted; the problem is, no one eats just one oreo, and the track has me clamoring for more from the trio. Even the musicians seemed to agree: in an interview, Murphy said, “If we’d have had two weeks, we could have made a whole record, I’m sure of it.” Fortunately, there is another offering coming in a few weeks when Gorillaz release an improvised, 12-minute version of the same track, with a supposedly unreal amount of impromptu Andre proclaiming “I’m the shit!” One can only imagine the hilarity that ensues in the 3x longer version.

It’s fun, it’s nuts, and I want more. Grab “DoYaThing” for free on Converse’s official site.

Author: Jack Appleby View Staff Page for Jack Appleby
As a journalist, Jack's written for AbsolutePunk, MindEqualsBlown, Under The Gun Review, Substream and several other music blogs. In addition to various writing endeavors, Jack manages bands through his own company, works with InTheClouds Records and serves as a Senior Social Media Strategist at Ayzenberg Group. (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 10)