Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes released a hot new single yesterday and it features production and vocals from her old collaborator Grimes. The song, titled “人為機器 (Humans Become Machines),” has a jittery electro-pop backing track that is reminiscent of the pair’s first collaboration “SCREAM,” which appeared on Grimes acclaimed 2015 album, Art Angels.
Like its predecessor, most of “人為機器 (Humans Become Machines)” is in Mandarin with only a few English phrases peppered in for effect. Still, Aristophanes’ hypnotic flow coupled with Grimes’ immediately danceable beat make it one of the captivating new singles of the year.
Following the release of “SCREAM,” Aristophanes got a massive exposure boost. In addition to getting her music covered by high-profile outlets like Pitchfork and Stereogum, the rapper also became the first Taiwanese recording artist to perform at Coachella in 2016.
Aristophanes debut mixtape, also titled “人為機器 (Humans Become Machines),” is due out Feb. 24 via Big Picnic Records. According to her label’s website, the “2001: A Space Odyssey” inspired mixtape will feature production from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler.