PNAU and Ladyhawke link up for energetic new track ‘River’

The electronic duo and singer first collaborated in 2008

PNAU have linked up with New Zealand singer Ladyhawke for an energetic new single titled ‘River’.

It’s the first time the artists have collaborated since 2008, when they joined forces for the iconic party anthem ‘Embrace’.

The new song was premiered on triple j’s Good Nights before landing on streaming services today (December 11). It follows PNAU’s signature punchy dance track formula, with Ladyhawke’s layered vocals echoing throughout. Listen to ‘River’ below:


Announcing the song’s arrival on their social media this morning, PNAU said “The world needs a rebirth right now. Let River wash you clean.”

“We hope that you experience the joy we did in making this song with our brilliant friend @ladyhawkeforyou.”

‘River’ is the second new track PNAU have released this year, following on from their collaboration with Vlossom, titled ‘Lucky’.

At the time of the track’s release in May, PNAU’s Nick Littlemore revealed that he wrote lucky during “a time of deep reflection”.


“I was in limbo without a visa to return home in Los Angeles; moving from low rent hotels to expired motels, couches and the like,” he said.

“‘Lucky’ represents that most golden future, shimmering just in the distance like over a frosty hill, approaching. Like a summer of love is on its way to you, full up of emotional ecstasy.”

As for Ladyhawke, the singer-songwriter has been lying low since the release of her 2016 LP ‘Wild Things’. In 2019 she released a single ‘Colours In The Dark’, and linked up with another Aussie dance trio, Crooked Colours, for the track ‘Never Dance Alone’.