Gorillaz–“Let Me Out”

Last week Gorillaz made their long-awaited return with the release of four new singles, featuring D.R.A.M. and Vince Staples, among others. On April 6, in an interview conducted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio, Damon Albarn, the driving force behind Gorillaz, debuted another single, “Let Me Out.”

“Let Me Out” contains features from both Pusha T and Mavis Staples, and when the two are put together, they flourish. Pusha T starts the track off with a tensely aggressive tone, and coupled with a blaring car horn sample, it creates an exhilarating mood. The chorus is sung by Mavis Staples. She repeats, “Change coming, you best be ready for it”–invoking a more emotional and sensual atmosphere. “Tell me there’s a chance to make it off the streets, tell me that I won’t die at the hands of the police,” Pusha T raps, putting a political slant on the track. They have done this in a similar fashion before with the release of “Hallelujah Money” as a protest song on the eve of the election of President Trump. Overall, the track is very well put together, it flows nicely from upbeat tempos to an ominous ending, and it is a solid addition to the Gorillaz discography.

The complete album, Humanz, is set for release on April 28.