Coldplay – performing under the name Los Unidades – linked with Pharrell and rising Memphis rapper Jozzy for a new song “E-Lo” that will appear on Global Citizen EP 1. The four-track EP is an extension of the Global Citizen Festival and will be released November 30th via Atlantic Records.
“E-Lo” finds Chris Martin crooning inspirational lyrics over a lithe pop groove. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be,” he belts, “Gonna raise up the one hand and raise up the other/ Hurt me outside, inside I’m free/ And there’s no enemy, everyone is my brother.” The track comes with a music video inspired by Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this year.
Global Citizen EP 1 is available to pre-order and will feature Coldplay/Los Unidades on two additional tracks. “Timbuktu” finds the group collaborating with South African producer Cassper Nyovest, British rapper Stormzy and Australian singer Jess Kent, while Voodoo features David Guetta, Stargate, Tiwa Savage and Danny Ocean.
Proceeds from the EP will benefit Global Citizen’s various efforts to end extreme poverty around the world by 2030. The organization also spearheads projects in areas such as gender equality, education, water and sanitation. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin serves as the curator of Global Citizen’s annual music festival, which this year featured the Weeknd, Shawn Mendes and Cardi B.
Coldplay discretely revealed their new moniker, Los Unidades, on social media Monday. The group’s U.K. label, Parlophone, “announced” the new signing on Twitter with a photo of the band in silhouette and a coded message at the bottom, “Y02LPAC81ODL,” which, rearranged, spells, “Coldplay 2018.”
— Parlophone Records (@parlophone) November 26, 2018
Coldplay’s last studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, arrived in 2015. On December 7th, the group will release a new box set, “the Butterfly package,” which will include a new concert film, live album and career-spanning documentary.
Global Citizen EP 1 Track List
1. “Rise Up” (feat. Nelson Mandela) – Stargate
2. “E-Lo” (feat. Jozzy) – Los Unidades and Pharrell Williams
3. “Timbuktu” (feat. Stormzy & Jess Kent) – Cassper Nyovest and Los Unidades
4. “Voodoo” (feat. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Danny Ocean & David Guetta) – Stargate and Los Unidades