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GLASS ANIMALS Collaborate with Denzel Curry for ‘Tokyo Drifting’

Get ready to tap into some seriously groovy rhythms and swaggering attitude.

Glass Animals 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Glass Animals, but they’re finally back after playing around with hidden graphics and messages on their socials and the appearance of an interactive website. And my, is their return glorious as they unleash Tokyo Drifting. It’s a beast of a track, with smouldering bass beats and a barely-contained attitude, blurring the edges between hip-hop and what we’ve previously heard from the band, blazing a confident new path for the group. Visceral melodies allow you to get lost in the hypnotic electronics, whilst Denzel Curry’s punchy rapping creates a further layer for you to sink your teeth into.

Frontman Dave Bayley explains:

The first thing Denzel said to me about the track was “this is fire.” Then he said, “Is this you flexin’?” and I said – “Yeh…it is…sort of. It’s an ironic internal flex – me as a narrator describing/taking the piss out of an extreme alter ego version of myself; a version of me that can do things that I’m uncomfortable doing. Wavey Davey is my fucked-up Sasha Fierce; he’s a geezer, a street fighter, he can dance, he parties hard, he’s spontaneous. He can take hits and be told he is shit and not care because he’s confident. He can fight everything the world throws at him.

I think this kind of character is someone we all create for ourselves now to some extent. We have these curated versions of ourselves on the internet – beautiful, edited, cool, distilled versions of us, all slightly super human. You can push and push and push yourself to hide and ignore your vulnerabilities like that…but it comes at a cost. It’s not real and it isn’t sustainable.