Well this is the collaboration we never knew we wanted. Until we heard it, that is. And my goodness, it is wonderful.
As unlikely and unexpected as the collaboration may sound, it couldn’t work better. Glass Animals’ hypnotically sexual trip-hop rhythms, coupled with Bada$$’s aggressively East Coast delivery, have met smack bang in the middle to create a precise, perfect balance. As the track progresses, it shifts from Bada$$’s trappy rapping to Dave Bayley’s recognisable breathy vocals.
The end result sounds like neither act on their own. It’s something new, something dripping with cool, something that’ll hopefully turn into a fruitful relationship between the four-piece and the rapper.
The track was written by Bada$$ and Bayley, recorded the track in one crazy 12-hour session at a New York studio.
On the collab, Bayley says “got hold of Joey’s mixtape back in 2012 and was hooked. A couple months ago I heard he was into Glass Animals so I got in touch, and when I was in Brooklyn he came by the studio one night. We’re both addicted to red vitamin water so we picked some up. Then I ordered some dumplings. Then I started playing him some sounds. Within an hour we had the beat and he was like “I’m ready.” He got into the booth and put down pretty much the entire thing in one foul swoop…dude is so talented. Then I hopped in and did my bit. Then I ate my dumplings. Hopefully we’re gonna do some more stuff together at some point”.
Joey Bada$$ added, “We were in New York and the session that was supposed to start at 11am, actually started at 11pm. I fuck with Dave heavy – we understood each other’s vibe straight away and worked through the night to create this fire. Nobody got hurt.”
They have also created a short but unbelievably on-point hip-hop Spotify playlist — so if you’re digging the track, be sure to check this out too.