Grimes has formed an AI girl group

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NPC made their debut today, appearing on a new track with Chris Lake entitled A Drug From God.

Grimes has launched a new AI girl group called NPC. The Canadian artist premiered the project today (12 November) through a new collaborative single with DJ and producer Chris Lake entitled A Drug From God.

According to a press release, NPC – which may well stand for ‘non-playable character’, which is a term taken from the video game world – has infinite members that "can be voted in or out, except for core members such as the baby Warnymph".

Grimes teased NPC’s first musical release back in May, posting a snippet of Lake playing their collaboration out on her Instagram. The pair have reposted the video again in the lead-up to the track’s release. Furthermore, in another Instagram post shared to Grimes’ channel earlier this week, the artist told fans "me and [Chris Lake] just needed to get this song out cuz it’s been going so hard at festivals".

In the same post, the Miss Anthropocene artist revealed that the NPC project will also include visual elements down the line. Grimes wrote: "We’re super behind on everything and you’ll all see why in a month or so, so I apologise about delays of music and visuals". [sic]


Launching new A.I. Girl group NOV 12!

(Were super behind on everything and you’ll all see why in a month or so , so I apologize abt delays of music and visuals. Gna be catching up on the girls visual development and whatnot - but me and @chrislake just needed to get this song out cuz it’s been going so hard at festivals!!!!

(((((PS i included the un retouched image cuz this is more retouching than i normally do and whilst I look hot haha I do fear for the mental health effects of ye olde photo shoppé

I may have had some filler mishaps over the years but def didn’t get a nose job haha

She also dropped a number of other hints in the replies. In response to a fan who asked about the other NPC members, Grimes said: "We have some pics we’re working on but it’s a bit slow – so our full visual vibes will happen later this year! But Chris has been playing this song all year and it’s getting so hyped in the dance world we felt we needed to drop it. We’re experimenting in real life so this project won’t always be polished but you’ll witness our process!" [sic]

The artist was also asked to "define AI" in a comment from US musician and former collaborator BloodPop. "Fine it’s fake AI," explained Grimes in her reply. "AltHo nusi is actually using generative AI to make their costumes and movement behaviours so they aren’t totally fake but they aren’t conscious and currently I have to write their music also stop bullying me Mike!!!" [sic]

In July, Grimes described her next album as a "space opera" centred around a lesbian AI romance, and involving a character named Claire De Lune. She discussed AI in her Crack Magazine cover story too, describing it as "the natural evolution".

Listen to A Drug From God below and revisit the Grimes cover story.

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FKA twigs and Central Cee to release collaboration next week

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FKA twigs and Central Cee have teamed up for the new single Measure of a Man.

The two former Crack Magazine cover stars have collaborated on a new single, taken from the soundtrack for the upcoming Matthew Vaughn-directed film The King’s Man. The new single will premiere next week (18 November) on Radio 1, at 6pm (GMT). A snippet is available on TikTok.

The King’s Man is a period action spy film starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans. It tells the story of one man’s mission to stop a deadly plot that could destroy humanity. A group of criminal masterminds and history’s worst tyrants is behind the plot. The King’s Man will be released to UK and US cinemas on 22 December.

Measure of a Man will mark twigs’ first new music since she released the single Don’t Judge Me in January. Her last full-length album was 2019’s MAGDALENE.

Revisit our cover stories with FKA twigs and Central Cee.

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