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In a week of killer collaborations, here are the new songs you need to hear.

From rock ‘n’ roll royalty with Miley to London grime link ups, there’s collaboration in the air and we can’t stop breathing it in. On top of four exciting collaborative tracks, there’s the latest from the greatest including Arlo Parks, King Princess and July 7 as well as some serious ones to watch. As December darkness rolls around, we at tmrw need a bit of cheering up, so pop on this week’s playlist and join us in movin’ the winter blues away.

‘LUCID’ – Rina Sawayama

Teasing the upcoming release of the deluxe version of her debut album SAWAYAMA, Rina is back to business with ‘LUCID’. Penned over two years ago with singer-songwriter Lauren Aquilina on her bedroom floor and laid over a BloodPop® produced beat, it’s a playful and uplifting track: “2020’s been a tough year,” Rina Sawayama explained “so I wanted to finish it off with a dance bop to take us into a more hopeful 2021.”

‘Caroline’ – Arlo Parks

As we await the release of Collapsed In Sunbeams, the debut album from Arlo Parks, new single ‘Caroline’ tells us just enough to whet our whistles. A delicately raw track, Parks explains it’s “an exploration of how something once full of healthy passion can dissolve in an instant”. Teasing what’s to come on the vibrant new album, Arlo Parks says it will be “a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it. It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia – I want it to feel both universal and hyper-specific.” Well we definitely cannot wait for that…

‘Don’ – D Double E & Skepta

In this week’s exciting collaborations, D Double E calls on his old barring partner Skepta for new single ‘Don’. A track with the same name as the East London Grime MC’s upcoming album but not appearing on it, it instead features in Femi Oyeniran and Nicky ‘Slimting’ Walker’s new film, Against All Odds, out now on YouTube. The directing duo also paired up for D Double E and Skepta’s accompanying visuals, which premiered on GRM Daily. Listen below.

‘Bad Karma’ – Miley Cyrus & Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

You thought we wouldn’t be doing two weeks worth of Miley? You thought wrong. How could we skip over Friday’s release of Miley’s long awaited rock record Plastic Hearts, which thankfully lived up to – if not exceeded – our expectations. tmrw’s fave track has got to be ‘Bad Karma’ a rare collaboration with The Runaways’ Joan Jett – I mean how much more rock ‘n’ roll can you get?

‘PAIN’ – King Princess

Despite the heartbreaking lyrics and devastating title, King Princess’ new track ‘Pain’ is a dynamic pop song. The new single was co-written with Nick Long and Shawn Everett, who both had credits on King Princess’ debut album, Cheap Queen, as well as Tobias Jesso Jr., who had a featured guest spot. Co-produced by Mark Ronson (who she’s currently in the studio with, so get excited), it’s no wonder it’s got so much bop-potential. In fact, Ronson tweeted that King Princess “also made an INCREDIBLE video coming soon”, so stay tuned for that.

‘Alone’ – Q

Described as the lovechild of Frank Ocean and Mac DeMarco with his unique mixture of R&B and detuned indie rock, Q is a vibrant new talent you need on your radar. A Florida-born artist and multi-instrumentalist, he’s a DIY musician ready to make waves with his innovative sound. Dropping ‘Take Me Where Your Heart Is’ recently to much critical acclaim, and ‘Alone’ last week, Q is gearing up to a debut project coming soon, so get yourself ready for that.

‘Bando’ – July 7

July 7, the hitmaker to know right now, producing for the likes of Young Thug, Travis Scott and Sango is back on the solo game with ‘Bando’. Producing, engineering, writing as well as playing 6 instruments, July 7 is a musical polymath with natural flair and talent galore, garnering tens of millions of streams for his own iterations on R&B. Press play on new single ‘Bando’ below now, a track “heavily inspired by my hometown Manchester”, July 7 tells us “It focuses on the duality of myself living a double life trying to make a way through music yet still being around so much bad activity. Using all the influences from the ends to channel it all into something lit unique and motivational for others who may be in a similar position.”

‘Lovesick – Madara Beats Remix’ – RAY BLK, Ivorian Doll

Hot off the heels of Ray Blk’s ‘Warriors’ being made the lead song in girlhood drama Rocks, the London artist is back with new track ‘Lovesick’, now remixed by Madara Beatz and featuring Ivorian Doll. Speaking about the new collaboration, Ray Blk explains: “I wanted to get another strong woman doing her thing on the remix and Ivorian Doll is killing it and doing it her way and I wanted it to feel authentic to her so we did a drill remix with Madara Beatz and she was in her element and came hard.”

‘Asshole’ – Lil Yachty & Oliver Tree

In other collab news, Lil Yachty has linked with Oliver Tree on the vibrant new track ‘Asshole’. The rapper and Santa Cruz musician announced their partnership on the track back in August 2019, where Lil Yachty told xxlmag “It’s…so poppy. Like ‘iSpy,’ kinda that lane… It’s super catchy.” and he described the music video for the song as “really dope”. A year in the making, it’s worth the wait, so what’re you waiting around for, press play.

‘LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE’ – Bad Bunny & ROSALÌA

After already dropping two albums this year and being nominated for a Grammy, you’d think Bad Bunny would take a lil rest, but he just keeps killing the game. The Puerto Rican trap star Bad Bunny has given us a third new album, El Último Tour Del Mundo, following on from YHLQMDLG and Las Que No Iban A Salir, and it’s just as good as the others. Featuring some big names including Jhay Cortez and ABRA, our fave track has got to be ‘LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE’ with ROSALÌA, so take a listen below now.

Words by Kitty Robson

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