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Grimes forms AI girl group called NPC

The artist has also shared NPC's first single, a collaboration with DJ-producer Chris Lake

By Charlotte Krol

Grimes in 'You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around (Chroma Green Video)'
Grimes. CREDIT: YouTube/Grimes

Grimes has founded an AI girl group called NPC and released its first single.

The soloist, who released her last album ‘Miss Anthropocene’ in 2020, has today (November 12) shared NPC’s debut single, a collaboration with DJ-producer Chris Lake called ‘A Drug From God’.

Grimes previewed the collaboration on her Instagram in May, although at that point there was no mention of her AI group. She explained in a reply to a fan about today’s band announcement that the song was “getting so hyped in the dance world” that she and Lake wanted to share it properly.

According to a press release seen by Crack, NPC has infinite members that “can be voted in or out, except for core members such as the baby Warnymph”.

Grimes also revealed in an Instagram post about the NPC announcement that the project still has visual elements to come. She 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.”

Elsewhere in the replies section she wrote: “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!”

In the summer Grimes described her next album as a “space opera” that’s centred around a lesbian AI romance and involves a character named Claire De Lune. The record will be the musician and producer’s sixth album, and her first for her new label Columbia Records.

Last month the singer said that she deliberately staged photos in order to trick paparazzi who were following her. She was pictured waking around and reading a copy of Karl Marx’s ‘The Communist Manifesto’, which made headlines particularly due to it being in the wake of her split from billionaire Tesla and SpaceX mogul Elon Musk.