Dylan J and Ruel team up for smoky new single ‘Notice Me’

The track arrives alongside a film clip written by J and Ruel themselves

Melbourne-based rapper and singer-songwriter Dylan J (formerly known as Dylan Joel) has teamed up with Ruel for a slow-burning new duet titled ‘Notice Me’.

The track offers a notably pared-back sound for J, whose earlier works were marked by sharp, luminous pop beats and energetic vocal performances. ‘Notice Me’ feels more in line with Ruel’s catalogue, carried by a silky bass guitar line and lowkey percussion, the two singers trading verses lacquered with the same nostalgic, summery vibe.

‘Notice Me’ arrives alongside a film clip written by J and Ruel themselves, and directed by Emma Zoller. J explained in a press release that he and Ruel conceptualised it while the pair were en route to the Sydney date of last year’s FOMO festival.

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Kevin Abstract reached out to Ruel to link up at the festival and I was just tagging along, also helping Ruel get his hours up on his L’s,” J said.

Take a look at the video for ‘Notice Me’ below:

On the track itself – which was produced by Lizzo and Leon Bridges collaborator Tele Fresco – J said: “Ruel and I have been friends for six years and we always talked about making a song together, so it’s definitely time we released one.”

Ruel added that ‘Notice Me’ was written during a period J spent living with him and his family in the late 2010s. “We went into my little makeshift studio (which only really had a laptop and speakers),” he said, “then tried to make something we both related to.”

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‘Notice Me’ comes as J’s first piece of new material for 2021, following the single ‘Snow’ last February and a seven-track acoustic EP, ‘Bad At Love’, last September.

Ruel is currently hard at work on his as-yet-untitled debut album, teasing at the start of this month that it will feature a collaboration with Cub Sport.

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