Glass Animals has always had a hip-hop edge. They rely on meticulously programmed drum beats to give their tracks a moody, dark vibe, and even dropped a pretty solid cover of Kanye West‘s “Love Lockdown” last year.
This is all to say that their pairing with Joey Bada$$ on “Lose Control” doesn’t feel the least bit contrived or gimmicky. It’s a perfect match, with Glass Animals’ skittering drums and trippy guitar creating a spacey backdrop for some of Joey’s most aggressive bars in a while. Joey’s first verse veers into DMX/Mystikal yell-rapping, but it winds up complimenting his more relaxed delivery on the second. The track barely features vocal contributions from singer Dave Bayley, but he pitches in on an outro that perfectly rounds out the madcap record.
“Lose Control” is definitely a change of pace for Glass Animals, and it’s exciting to see what direction they’ll take to follow their stellar debut record, Zaba.