The Gorillaz’ D.R.A.M. Collaboration ‘Andromeda’ Was Inspired By Michael Jackson

Damon Albarn continues the impressive and unceasing rollout for the upcoming Gorillaz album Humanz with a stop by the in-depth track deconstruction podcast Song Exploder. On the podcast — which has previously gone into the nuts and bolts of songs with artists like Solange and Grimes — Albarn discussed the creation of the group’s single with D.R.A.M. “Andromeda.”

Albarn explains that the track was inspired by “two of the greatest ’80s pop songs”: Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Hall & Oates “I Can’t Go For That.” Albarn says the working title of the song was “I Can’t Go For Billie Jean” before cheekily adding that the final track has nothing to do with either “for copyright purposes.”

The podcast also talked to D.R.A.M. about what it was like to be tagged for the project, and asked Albarn what it was like to work with the effervescent “Broccoli” hitmaker. He also says that the album’s narrative is “imagining something in the near future which happened in America that turned everything up on its head and made everyone very uncertain… let’s make a party record about the night that that happens.” Check it out up top.

Gorillaz have already shared six songs from their upcoming album, including a collaboration with Mavis Staples and Pusha T. Humanz is out on April 28.