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  • Grimes At Governors Ball 2014
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Grimes promised three new songs at Governors Ball — including one she and Blood Diamonds wrote for Rihanna (who passed on it) — and that’s exactly what she delivered. “David,” “Sleepwalking,” and “Go” were the titles of the new tracks. Billboard had this to say about the new stuff:

The new fare was absolutely killer. Beat-heavy and euphoric (one track was introduced by Grimes simply as a “big pop song”) the producer/singer is primed to vastly expand her fanbase (which already includes Jay Z) when the new LP arrives. The set was punctuated by dancing mimes, hula hoops and occasional crowd surfers inside the Gotham Tent to reward those who’d chosen Grimes over a very tempting TV On The Radio set across the grounds.

Grimes and mimes. Check out photos in the gallery above and watch fan footage of “Go” below.

01 “Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)”
02 “Circumambient”
03 “Oblivion”
04 “David”
05 “Be A Body”
06 “Nightmusic”
07 “Sleepwalking”
08 “Genesis”
09 “Phone Sex” (Blood Diamonds cover)
10 “Go”

Comments (15)
  1. Dancing mimes though?

  2. That song that is probably “Go” sounds real good. Like, potentially SOTY good.

    I wonder what the rationale was for Rihanna’s people to turn it down? “I’m sorry, this song is listenable, Rihanna will not be accepting it. Please increase the terribleness and we may reconsider.”

    • Rihanna hasn’t exactly been a risk-taker when it comes to picking producers and songwriters… she and Katy Perry play it safer than pretty much anyone in Top 40 in that respect, and they’ve been rewarded with an absurd number of #1 hits as a result.

      Anyway, I half think that the song was never being seriously considered by Rihanna’s people, and Grimes people talked up the offer to build those elusive behind-the-scenes-alt-savant vibes (cf. Sia, Caroline Polachek w/ Beyonce)… I couldn’t tell whether I’d like the song from the clip, but if it does end up being a big hit for Grimes the Rihanna thing makes a good talking point.

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  4. rihanna who? she hasn’t put out a new album in what a year and a half? she must have retired

    but anyway, her loss, grimes is awesome

  5. anticipation for this record is through the effing roof ! she’s a powerhouse. also, that first photo is INCREDIBLE

  6. the crowd was all extras from 8 Mile.

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  8. Cool, but I would not have missed TV on the Radio for this. Best set of the fest, in my opinion.

  9. I think we can all agree that it was probably a pretty big mistake not to have taken the offer up.

    Ah well, sounds awesome as a Grimes song, which it is, and which I personally would prefer it to be!!

  10. sounds like someone’s been listening to matangi

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