Australian artist LOVER is kicking off the new year with an incredible new single called ‘Waiting Up‘, which features some guest vocals from Sydney rap duo Cult Shotta, and it is also the next taste of LOVER’s upcoming debut ep.

Fans of Joji, Dominic Fike and Brockhampton are going to easily fall in love with this one. It is a true showcase of LOVER’s innate song-writing skills which are brought to life by two very talented producers, Litche and Tanssi, and when you throw in that extra Cult Shotta flavour ‘Waiting Up’ is taken to all new levels.

As LOVER explains below, this song came into being as a sort of fusion between a variety of different elements and ideas…

“’Waiting Up’ originally stemmed from an idea my friend Litche sent me from a writing session we did a little while back. I sang a bunch of different hooks which he had cut up and sliced into a totally new arrangement.

I was actually in the process of moving house the night he sent through the beat, and so everything around me, furniture and all, was either packed up or already gone and the house gave off a really eerie, lonely kinda vibe. I started singing the ‘Waiting Up’ hook in the first or second run through; in my mind I was picturing someone in an empty house, just staying there waiting for things to go back to the way they were, but regardless of the fact, a move / change was inevitable.

Once I had all my vocal parts recorded at home, I took it to my go-to producer Tanssi who worked on the beat and made that second section more trap/hip-hop influenced.” – LOVER

At this point the track was just missing that certain somethin’ to take it all the way to edge, and the first name that came to mind was Cult Shotta.

“I knew Charlie (of Cult Shotta) would be the perfect choice for that extra part I was after. I knew he’d bring something fresh to the sound, and after few weeks of back & forth, he came through with two verses that I was really happy with. He took the mood I was aiming to create and added more of a story to it, which he is a genius at; being really visual with his lyrics.” – LOVER

‘Waiting Up‘ is available everywhere now via Mammal Sounds Records.



Cult Shotta:

Production by Litche and Tanssi
Mix and Mastering by Tanssi
Artwork by Jayemol and Tim Doherty
Press Photos by Jayemol