Working together had good results for these artists
When two artists come together things can either go really well, or really wrong. Luckily for the 12 acts below, their team-ups have been sweet, sweet unions that we never want to end. From the ones straight out of leftfield, to those that make so much sense, we can’t believe they didn’t happen sooner, these are the nominees for Best Collaboration supported by VO5 at the VO5 NME Awards 2018.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Craig David and Bastille – ‘I Know You’
Who brings what to it: Craig’s on silky smooth R&B duties, while Bastille Dan sounds as stirring as ever, even without the band’s trademark euphoric sonics surrounding him.
Why’s it great: It’s a perfect late night jam – a bit wobbly, surging from sparse verses to a big chorus, much like you getting a second wind after “needing some air”.
Best moment: The needling melody that creeps through the tune, giving it that unbalanced edge.
Stefflon Don and Skepta – ‘Ding-A-Ling’
Who brings what to it: Stefflon Don takes down all fuckboys with supreme prowess, while Skepta plays the doting boyfriend.
Why’s it great: It’s full of attitude, is a massive earworm without following any safe rules, and features two of the UK’s hottest talents.
Best moment: The chorus, which features a sample from The Simpsons, but makes it sound like something out of a Chucky film.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – ‘Continental Breakfast’
Who brings what to it: Both offer perfectly complementary lethargy to the other in a match made in indie rock heaven.
Why’s it great: It’s a sweet reflection on the pair’s collaboration and friendship.
Best moment: The line “Like better luck performing telekinesis on a priestess“.
Gorillaz and Jehnny Beth – ‘We Got The Power’
Who brings what to it: Jehnny Beth is the empowering, bold star to Gorillaz’ strong, fierce foundations.
Why’s it great: It’s a unifying beacon of positivity and ode to what the world can achieve together.
Best moment: When Jehnny Beth drops a little French – “On a le pouvoir de s’aimer, okay?“, which translates to “We have the power to love one another, okay?“
Lily Allen and Giggs – ‘Trigger Bang’
Who brings what to it: Lily brings the same distinctive sing-song London brogue, while Giggs represents the “cool gang” she’s singing about trying to cut out of her life.
Why’s it great: It’s the singer’s first track since 2014, but sounds as breezy and effortless as her best work.
Best moment: When Lily references her second single ‘LDN’: “Been in the Firehouse for too long/LDN’s burning, so tan one.”
Yungen and Yxng Bane – ‘Bestie’
Who brings what to it: Yxng Bane delivers that subtly infectious hook, while Yungen brings the swag in the verses.
Why’s it great: It’s a sleek, Afrobeats-infused pop gem that feels as straightforward as Yungen makes his achievements sound.
Best moment: The nods to south London rapper Dave and Cam’ron’s ‘Hey Ma’.