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Grimes teases her new song ‘that’s what the drugs are for’

The song is Grimes’ first solo piece of new music since 2015’s Art Angels

Grimes has been up to a fair amount since releasing her last album, 2015's Art Angels, including collaborating with Janelle Monaé on the song “Pynk” from Monaé's album Dirty Computer and attending the 2018 Met Gala with Elon Musk. But now, Grimes is focusing back on her own music and is teasing yet another new song, “that's what the drugs are for”. 

Our curiosity was piqued when, on Saturday June 16, Grimes tweeted out a notice that she'd done an interview with Apple wherein she discussed her creative process. After a little digging, we found out that Apple had low-key dropped their interview with Grimes onto its YouTube account on June 14. The interview is fairly short, clocking in at one minute and four seconds, but it packs in a lot of information along with the demo version (as Grimes mentioned in her tweet) of “that’s what the drugs are for”.

In the video, Grimes describes how integral her Apple computer is when it comes to creating her music. “I hate permission. You know? I don't want permission. If I want to drop something I just drop it,” we hear her say over footage of her setting up her workspace. 

“I write all the music. Edit all the music videos. And then I do the single art digitally,” she continues, explaining the progression of her creative process and how technology has affected said creative process. “Even since I've started making music, technology has advanced in such a way that it's become substantially easier and more affordable.”

As the camera cuts to her on the floor, jamming along to “that's what the drugs are for”, she tells Apple: “It’s super important for me to work on the floor a lot. Not having a studio, not having, like, a professional set-up, just being able to kind of, like, move my thing around. You can do way weirder things if you're alone in a room and you're not worried about people judging you. Anyone can do you. You have the tools. Everyone has the tools to do it,” she concludes, gesturing to her laptop before singing along to the demo. 

“that’s what the drugs are for” is just the latest bit of new music presented as a teaser to Grimes’ fans. Back on June 5, she was posting snippets of a song she described as her “ethereal chav jam” and a “cyberpunk interpretation” of the film Bajirao Mastani, an Indian romantic historical epic, from the perspective of warrior princess Mastani. 

There’s no word yet on when any of her new music that's been teased thus far will be dropping, but goodness knows we’re extremely ready to hear it. 

As the camera cuts to her on the floor, jamming along to “that's what the drugs are for”, she tells Apple: “It’s super important for me to work on the floor a lot. Not having a studio, not having, like, a professional set-up, just being able to kind of, like, move my thing around. You can do way weirder things if you're alone in a room and you're not worried about people judging you. Anyone can do you. You have the tools. Everyone has the tools to do it,” she concludes, gesturing to her laptop before singing along to the demo. 

“that’s what the drugs are for” is just the latest bit of new music presented as a teaser to Grimes’ fans. Back on June 5, she was posting snippets of a song she described as her “ethereal chav jam” and a “cyberpunk interpretation” of the film Bajirao Mastani, an Indian romantic historical epic, from the perspective of warrior princess Mastani. 

There’s no word yet on when any of her new music that's been teased thus far will be dropping, but goodness knows we’re extremely ready to hear it.