"Doncamatic" is a single by British alternative band Gorillaz. The track features British singer Daley.[2] The single was released on 21 November 2010 via digital download,[3] with a physical release following the next day. It charted at No.37 in the UK Charts and as of 2023, remains their last UK Top 40 hit.

Single by Gorillaz featuring Daley
from the album The Singles Collection 2001–2011
Released21 November 2010
RecordedSeptember 2010
Gorillaz singles chronology
"On Melancholy Hill"
"Revolving Doors" / "Amarillo"
Daley singles chronology
"Those Who Wait"
Music video
"Doncamatic" on YouTube

The track's title refers to Korg's Disc Rotary Electric Auto Rhythm Machine Donca Matic DA-20. Released in 1963, it was the first rhythm machine manufactured by Korg.[4] A later version of this machine can be seen built onto the right side of the contraption behind Daley in the music video. The song, alongside the Joker remix are included as bonus tracks on the French CD reissue of Plastic Beach.

Music video edit

The music video premiered worldwide on 15 November 2010 on Myspace.[5] The video features a live-action Daley in a one-man submarine, on his journey to join Gorillaz and the rest of the collaborators on Plastic Beach.[6] 2-D, dressed as a sailor, can be seen on a small screen inside the submarine whenever "talk to me" is sung in the song, as if he is trying to contact Daley. Daley travels all around the ocean to find Plastic Beach, seeing different kinds of fish, such as the Superfast Jellyfish seen in the "On Melancholy Hill", "Stylo", and "Superfast Jellyfish" music videos. He also finds the wreckage of the M. Harriet. At the end of the video, he travels around the island underwater and rises up on the surface, finally arriving at Plastic Beach.

Track listing edit

UK CD single[7][8]
1."Doncamatic"Gorillaz, Daley3:22
2."Doncamatic" (Joker Remix)Gorillaz, Daley4:45
UK 7" picture disc[7]
1."Doncamatic"Gorillaz, Daley3:22
2."Empire Ants" (Paul Harris & Paul Rogers Vocal Mix featuring Little Dragon)Gorillaz, Yukimi Nagano3:53
Digital download[3]
1."Doncamatic"Gorillaz, Daley3:22
2."Doncamatic" (Joker Remix)Gorillaz, Daley4:46
3."Album Mixtape"Gorillaz8:29
Promotional single
2."Doncamatic" (instrumental version)3:22

Personnel edit

  • Daley – vocals
  • Damon Albarn – vocals, synthesizers, drum programming, sampled loops
  • Geoff Pesche – mastering engineer
  • Jason Cox – mixing engineer
  • Stephen Sedgwick – engineering, programming

Charts edit

Chart performance for "Doncamatic"
Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 60
Belgium (Ultratip Bubbling Under Flanders)[10] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 40
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 37

References edit

  1. ^ The following sources call the song R&B:
    • "Gorillaz Feat. Daley – "Doncamatic"". MTV Iggy. MTV. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
    • Wilkening, Matthew. "Gorillaz, 'Doncamatic (All Played Out)' Feat. Daley -- New Song". AOL Radio. AOL. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
    • "5 Questions With ... Daley". Grammy.com. Grammy. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
    • Hattem, Julian. "Gorillaz: "Doncamatic (All Played Out)" (Joker Remix)". Prefixmag.com. Prefix Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. ^ News - BREAKING NEWS! Brand new Gorillaz single to be played on Zane Lowe show & Youtube tonight! Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Gorillaz.com (5 October 2010). Retrieved on 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b iTunes Store. itunes.apple.com. Retrieved on 16 November 2010.
  4. ^ "The 14 drum machines that shaped modern music". 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Gorillaz Doncamatic (Feat. Daley)". Retrieved 15 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ News - World premiere of the NEW GORILLAZ VIDEO Doncamatic on MySpace Archived 16 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Gorillaz.com. Retrieved on 16 November 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Gorillaz Doncamatic". Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  8. ^ Doncamatic (feat. Daley): Gorillaz Featuring Daley: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads. Amazon.co.uk (1 January 1970). Retrieved on 16 November 2010.
  9. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 29 November 2010" (PDF) (1083). Australian Recording Industry Association. 29 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011 – via Pandora Archive. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Gorillaz feat. Daley – Doncamatic" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Gorillaz feat. Daley – Doncamatic" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2021.