Gorillaz and AJ Tracey have both made their respective debuts on The Tonight Show, performing the song ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ – fittingly enough, for host Jimmy Fallon – on the show last night (September 8).
The virtual performance sees Tracey rapping his verses from the song in front of a set of speakers. Although none of the members of Gorillaz are seen in the performance, their shadows appear in the windows of an animated apartment block – which Tracey himself later performs in front of.
Watch the performance of ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ below:
‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is lifted from Gorillaz’ surprise EP ‘Meanwhile’, which the band released two weeks ago without any prior announcement. In a four-star review, NME praised the EP for being “a great pick-me-up for those still down-and-out.”
“[A]s we all go to parties and other events to mark this Bank Holiday weekend,” it read, “it’s the perfect soundtrack to get you in the spirit before you go and wreck a dancefloor.”
For his part, in an interview with NME backstage at this year’s Reading Festival, Tracey described working with the animated band as “a life-long goal.”
“They made me feel really welcome,” he said of the band’s real-life figureheads, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. “It was definitely one of those things that I really wanted to achieve in life. When I was a little kid, I loved them religiously.”