Glass Animals have returned with “Tokyo Drifting,” featuring Denzel Curry. The song is the British band’s first release in over three years, since their sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being.
On the track, frontman Dave Bayley channels his alter ego Wavey Davey, whom he describes in a press statement as a “fucked-up Sasha Fierce.” He delivers confident verses over the track’s trap-inspired production. “Scoot-scoot, boy, racer to the super-club / Let rip, like you drank all of the tequila / Get loose, streetfighter, tear it up / Fresh footwork drippin’ out of you onto the rug,” Bayley raps.
Later in the track, Denzel jumps in with rapid-fire bars: “Diamonds aquatic, it feel like a trout on my wrist / Or a spout on my wrist with a spider up in it / Everything gotta be 80 and you keep the 20 percentage / You know that I get it, I’m on it, I’m in it.”
“The first thing Denzel said to me about the track was, ‘This is fire,’” Bayley said of the collaboration in a statement. “Then he 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.’”
Listen to “Tokyo Drifting” here: