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Tell me, did you feel that?

Doncamatic is a single by Gorillaz featuring Daley, released in November 2010.

While technically a non-album single, it was included as a bonus track on reissues of the French Nouvelle Edition and digital download of Gorillaz' third studio album, Plastic Beach.

Information[]

The song was first heard on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on the 5th October 2010, with a music video being released on Gorillaz' official YouTube account on 12th October, which says the following about the song:

"Recorded just a few weeks ago, Gorillaz were so excited about this stunning new cut, they wanted to unleash it onto the world as soon as humanly possible! All bouncing beats, deep funk grooves and sumptuous soothing vocals (courtesy of hot new British talent Daley), this track just makes you want to move. And in case you're wondering; inspiration for the track and the title comes from The Donca Matic - the groundbreaking Japanese-designed drum machine which started the Korg Musical Instrument Company in 1963."

The single was released on 22nd October 2010, and contains the song itself as well as a remix of the song "Empire Ants", titled "Empire Ants (Paul Harris & Paul Rogers Vocal Mix Edit)". On 5th November 2010, the Joker Remix of Doncamatic was added to the Gorillaz YouTube page. The song peaked at #37 in the UK Singles Charts.

Also, on 5th November 2010, the trailer for the Doncamatic music video was added. In the trailer, Daley, operating some sort of submarine, and 2-D on a monitor speaking (he appears to be saying 'talk to me') can be seen.

Background[]

Band member Murdoc Niccals stated the following about "Doncamatic" in a track-by-track commentary in an article about The Singles Collection:

"Oh Doncamatic! This was a delightful coda to our Plastic Beach album. I was looking for something to finish it off with a flourish after the thing had been released. I just missed squeezing this on to the original release! The singer you hear is a nice chap from Manchester called Daley. I actually found him washed up on Plastic Beach – covered in oil and singing to a seagull… or was it an albatross? Anyway, I recognise golden pipes when I hear ‘em so I popped a bag over his head, hosed the boy down and chucked him in the studio with Cyborg Noodle and her eight-track. I left them to it while I stepped outside for a Lucky Lung or three, and when I popped back in this is what they’d come up with. Am I a genius or what?"

The song samples a voice clip from a 90's Japanese-language VHS series titled The Vintage Synth - Volume 3: Korg.

Lyrics[]

Doncamatic

[Daley]
Download me
Make up for the time you've wasted
Come slowly
And claim back the boy you left behind

Close the white book, unplug the brain from the game
'Cause it's time to wipe out 'til the stars get on the fame

The song is not the same when we're all played out, played out, all played out
They say the memories all fade out, fade out, all fade out
Tell me, did you feel that?

Don't slow down
Even if it's only to escape
Just download now
Before somebody steals your place

Close the white book, unplug the brain from the game
'Cause it's time to wipe out to the stars, get on the fame

[Daley & (2-D)]
And the conversation's over, we're all played out, played out, all played out
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
You see, the memories all fade out, fade out, all fade out
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
Tell me, did you feel that?

Doncamatic

[Daley]
Download me
Make up for the time you wasted
Come slowly
Claim back the boy you left behind and

Close the white book, unplug the brain from the game
It's time to wipe out to the bar, get on the fame

[Daley & (2-D)
The song is not the same when we're all played out, played out, all played out
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
You see the memories all fade out, fade out, all fade out
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
The song is not the same when we're all played out, played out, night after night
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
The song is not the same when we're all played out, played out, played out, played out
(Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me, talk to me)
Tell me, did you feel that?

Single Formats[]

UK/EU CD[]

  1. "Doncamatic" - 3:22
  2. "Doncamatic (Joker Remix)" - 4:45

UK 7" picture disc[]

  1. "Doncamatic" - 3:22
  2. "Empire Ants (Paul Harris & Paul Rogers Vocal Mix) (Radio Edit)" - 3:53

Digital Download[]

  1. "Doncamatic" - 3:22
  2. "Doncamatic (Joker Remix)" - 4:46
  3. "Album Mixtape" - 8:29

Promotional CDr[]

  1. "Doncamatic" - 3:19
  2. "Doncamatic (Instrumental)" - 3:19

Official Versions and Availability[]

Standard[]

  • Original Version (3:19) - on all single formats, French Nouvelle Edition and digital download re-issue of Plastic Beach and The Singles Collection 2001-2011;
  • Instrumental (3:19) - on the Doncamatic single promo CDr.

Remixes[]

  • The Joker Remix (4:46) - on the standard CD and digital formats of the Doncamatic single as well as the Winter Music Conference 2011 compilation.
  • Harry Love Remix (3:43) - on Daley's digital-exclusive album Those Who Wait and both Daley and Harry Love's official YouTube channels.
  • Lonsdale Boys Club Remix (3:38) - on Lonsdale Boys' official SoundCloud account and YouTube channel.

Video[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Before Daley was brought onto the song, according to a report by the pretty hate machines blog, an early version of the song was recorded featuring Theophilus London and the Africa Express, seemingly during one of their concerts, and was originally intended for Plastic Beach before being reworked into what became the single.

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