Glass Animals are back, and in case you were wondering: they’ve “still got it.”
“Tokyo Drifting” featuring Denzel Curry, the band's first new music since 2016, was released today (Nov. 13).
Dubbed a "Fresh Fruit" release, which refers to Glass Animals’ experimental collaboration series (they previously dropped “Lose Control” with Joey Bada$$ in 2015), “Tokyo Drifting” was first teased on social media and through an interactive game on the band’s website.
The track begins with an unassuming chorus of harmonizing voices, but quickly takes a turn into a catchy, trap-inspired beat, as Glass Animals are adept at.
“Wavey Davey’s on fire, oh you still got it/ You still got it all right yeah,” frontman Dave Bayley growls in self-affirmation — 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,” Bayley explained in a release. “Wavey Davey is my f00ked-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 s–t and not care because he’s confident. He can fight everything the world throws at him.”
Be sure to stay for the horns and Curry’s rapid-fire verse, which is when things truly go berserk ("I’m back on my bulls–t like Jordan on Pippen/if this is my life then I'm Toyko drifting!").
The track marks a welcome return for the group, which has also announced their signing to Republic Records.
Drummer Joe Seaward was involved in a life-threatening car accident in 2018, resulting in a canceled tour with Beck. Seaward has since made a full recovery, and the band is expected to follow up 2016's How To Be A Human Being with more new music in 2020.
Listen to "Tokyo Drifting" below.