Glass Animals tap Denzel Curry for Tokyo Drifting’, their first single in three years

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Glass Animals tap Denzel Curry for Tokyo Drifting’, their first single in three yearsGlass Animals Denzel Curry Tokyo Drifting

Glass Animals has returned with a taste of their first release in three years. “Tokyo Drifting” sees the four-piece band join forces with rapper Denzel Curry for a trap-tinged tune. Led by singer and songwriter Dave Bayley who wrote and self-produced both of their studio albums, Glass Animals broke onto the scene with their 2014 Platinum single, “Gooey” and received critical acclaim on their second album, How to Be a Human. The British psychedelic act has released “Tokyo Drifting” as part of their experimental collaboration series, Fresh Fruit. They previously dropped “Lose Control” with Joey Bada$$ in 2015 for the joint series.

Trap rhythms pave the way for “Tokyo Drifting,” with trilling hi-hats and hefty horns underlying the song structure. Bayley’s signature falsetto is later welcomed into the fold, floating with a quintessential, dreamy momentum while Curry segues into an explosive rapid-fire verse. A departure from Glass Animals’ indie experimental territory, “Tokyo Drifting” blends their atmospheric mellowness with an infectious energy that pairs surprisingly well with Curry’s rap flow.

“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 f–ked-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,” stated Bayley in a press release.

Wiki – “Grim” (Feat. Denzel Curry & Lil Ugly Mane)

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WikiTomorrow, Wiki, the slurry and snaggletoothed New York rap great and former Ratking member, will come out with a new album called OOFIE. You should be excited about that. In the past few weeks, Wiki has shared the new singles “Fee Fi Fo Fum,” “Smarty Jones,” and “Pesto.” They … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

New Robert Glasper Mixtape Out This Week Feat. Yasiin Bey, Denzel Curry, Rapsody, & More

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Slowthai & Denzel Curry – “Psycho”

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Slowthai and Denzel Curry have different strains of chaotic energy running through their music. Today, they intersected on the Miami rapper and UK artist’s new collaborative track “Psycho.” It’s truly something to behold, as they trade verses over chopped up horror movie violin screeches, courtesy of English producer Kwes Darko. More »

Kenny Beats’ YouTube Show Might Be The Rap Album Of The Year

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Kenny-BeatsA fascinating thing about rap music: It may be the only form of music where personality and digital ephemera matter at least as much as music itself. Within rap music, hit songs make a difference, of course. So do classic albums. But they aren’t the only things that matter. Transcendent rap moments can come in … More »

Watch Denzel Curry Freestyle With Kenny Beats

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Watch Denzel Curry & Slowthai Perform An Unreleased Song At Lollapalooza

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Denzel Curry performed at Lollapalooza over the weekend, and he brought out the promising British rapper Slowthai — who put out his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain, a few months back — to perform an unreleased collaboration of theirs. More »

Hear Denzel Curry’s Spotify Session With Fucked Up & Bad Brains

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When artists roll through the Spotify Studios, they typically record a cover of a song for the streaming service’s Spotify Singles series. But not many artists recruit the actual musicians who made the original songs to play with them, which is exactly what Denzel Curry did for his entry. More »

Denzel Curry – “Shawshank” (Feat. Tate Kobang)

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Denzel Curry - "Shawshank" (Feat. Tate Kobang)Who’s ready for football season?! I completely understand why you’d opt out of following the contemptible NFL, but as a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan I can’t hide my excitement for the upcoming season. Simultaneously as a lifelong Browns fan I can also think of several ways this year’s extremely promising team could combust. But I … More »