Earlier this month, we learned that Rocket Juice And The Moon — the unlikely and awkwardly monikered supergroup of Damon Albarn, Flea, and great Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen — were planning on releasing their self-titled album next month and that it would feature appearances from luminaries like Erykah Badu. And now the group has posted the first thing we’ve heard from them, the Badu collaboration “Hey Shooter.” On first listen, it’s about the best thing we could’ve hoped for from this ungainly group of musicians: A nasty psychedelic, Afrobeat-informed funk groove that finds ferocious purpose for Flea’s bass-popping and gives an anchor to Badu’s astral-soul vocals. Albarn doesn’t seem to sing on it at all. It’s an extremely promising first track, and you can stream it below.
Rocket Juice And The Moon is out 3/27 on Honest Jon’s. Also, if you rearrange the letters in Flea’s name, you get “Fela.” Just saying.