Glass Animals return – listen to their “fire” Denzel Curry collaboration ‘Tokyo Drifting’

“This is fire," Curry told the band when he was asked to rap on the song

Glass Animals have shared ‘Tokyo Drifting’, their first new material in three years, with Denzel Curry on rap duties.

The collaboration with the US punk rapper is a twisted, hip-hop behemoth that hears singer Dave Bayley toy with his confident, “street fighter” alter ego Wavey Davey while Curry delivers an incendiary closing verse.


“The first thing Denzel said to me about the track was, ‘This is fire’,” Bayley explained in a press statement. “Then [Denzel] said, ‘Is this you flexin’?’ and I said: ‘Yeah…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.

Glass Animals share new song 'Tokyo Drifting'

“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.”

Glass Animals began teasing the song by posting a series of Street Fighter-inspired images to their official Twitter account last week.

The new track marks the band’s first new music in three years, following on from their Mercury Music Prize-nominated second album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ which spawned the 2016 single ‘Life Itself‘.


Last summer, the group were forced to take a break after drummer Joe Seaward was involved in a road accident. The musician suffered a number of serious injuries after being hit by a truck while cycling in Dublin.

Earlier this month, Glass Animals made their return to the stage after more than a year absence. They played a hometown show at The Bullingdon in Oxford on November 1.

Curry, meanwhile, collaborated with Slowthai on the track ‘Psycho’. The release of studio version in September followed a live airing of the cut during Slowthai’s Glastonbury 2019 performance over the summer.

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