Matthew Dear has shared a new single, titled “Bad Ones” featuring Tegan and Sara.

Dear kicked off 2017 as a selector, DJing regularly and contributing a deeply considered and personal mix to !K7 Records‘ long established DJ-Kicks series. This was bookended by a number of releases through his techno guise Audion. Prior to late June single “Modafinil Blues,” Dear hadnÂ’’t shared material under his own name since his 2012 LP, Beam, which was preceded by the critically acclaimed avant-pop albums Black City, Asa Breed, and Leave Luck To Heaven.

Matthew Dear’s second single of the summer is a collaboration with longtime friends Tegan and Sara. For years his work has suggested a populist impulse buried within, and here, in the presence of pop prestige, Dear’s sweetest side shines through.

The creative relationship between the Quin sisters and Dear began in 2013 when they expressed mutual admiration by email. This led to connecting for a remix project as well as a joint cover of Tears For Fears‘ 1983 new wave classic “Pale Shelter.” Recently, when settling into new recordings, Dear happened upon a loop that brought the duo to mind. Within a day Tegan and Sara sent back a verse and chorus.

“The process was open and free,” adds Dear, who for the next month evolved the song from demo to fully-fledged composition. “Often times, we need to get out of our own way to let the magic happen, and this song is a bold reminder of that.”


01. Bad Ones

‘”Bad Ones” feat. Tegan and Sara is streaming above, and is available to purchase now.