Rocket Juice and the Moon feat. Erykah Badu, “Hey Shooter”
So you're maybe thinking, “Hey, Grantland, didn't you just warn me that Damon Albarn's new Flea-and-Tony Allen-featuring band Rocket Juice and the Moon was escalating the oddball musical-collaboration arms race to dangerous heights? Now you're offering me one of their tracks for my listening pleasure? What is happening here, Grantland?” First, stop calling me Grantland. I have a real name. Second: What is happening here? Erykah Badu is happening here.
At one point, not that long ago, certain cross-genre dream collaborations were comically impossible to imagine. And then, all of a sudden, and it’s not exactly clear when it happened, the music industry’s mind-set on CGDCs blew right past "impossible" to "not only possible, but going to happen, again and again and again." Damon Albarn’s the latest instigator: He’s pulled in Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen (second-best all-time Tony Allen, though, obvs) for a band called Rocket Juice and the Moon. Their debut album, which will feature Erykah Badu (!), is due out March 12. Says Allen: “It is all funk. Groove music, music that makes you dance. The audience don't want to sit and listen, they want to move their bodies.”