Listen to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new single ‘Weekend Run’

The groove-heavy track marks the band's first official single since 2018

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared their first new music for the year, releasing the single ‘Weekend Run’.

The psych-rockers’ latest is a blissed-out, groove-heavy cut, with strong hints of disco influence underpinning the five-minute-long track.

In a statement, bandleader Ruban Nielson said: “At the end of the day I don’t take for granted that I have the perfect job. I truly work to make music that will set someone’s day right and I think that shines through on ‘Weekend Run’.”

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‘Weekend Run’ arrives alongside a music video created by Amanda Hugenquist and Chloe Hemingway. Watch that below:

‘Weekend Run’ marks the first official “single” from Unknown Mortal Orchestra since their 2018 album ‘Sex & Food’, but Nielson and co. have kept busy since its release.

That year, they shared the experimental, jazz-oriented instrumental album ‘IC-01 Hanoi’. The band have also continued their annual tradition of releasing a lengthy instrumental track each Christmas, with ‘SB-07’ in 2019 and ‘SB-08’ arriving last year.

Outside of their own releases, UMO have also featured on numerous tracks by other artists in the last couple of years, such as Free Nationals‘ ‘Beauty & Essex’ in 2019 and AminĂ©‘s ‘Buzzin’ in 2020. The band also featured as part of Gorillaz‘ ‘Song Machine’ series last year, appearing on the track ‘Severed Head’ alongside GoldLink.

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Nielson has also dropped multiple remixes in the last 12 months, giving his spin on Soccer Mommy’s ‘circle the drain’ last year and reworking ‘Drawbridge’ by Westerman back in February.

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