New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Today, Hackney-born "hot girl pop" (i-D) trailblazer Bree Runway releases infectious new bop "Damn Daniel" featuring Atlanta native Yung Baby Tate.
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The single is a raucous ride through personality-stacked bars, bold pop synths and percussion that could be ripped straight from the theme tune of your favorite 90's sitcom. After binging on iconic shows like Fresh Prince
and Martin, Bree put herself in the shoes of someone writing their soundtracks, and 'Damn Daniel' was born - the name itself a play on Martin's catchphrase "Damn Gina!" If Bree's recent single "Apeshit" was the "superhero theme song to those who are unapologetically themselves," "Damn Daniel" is the soundtrack to kicking back with your best mates and talking shit about boys.
The track showcases Bree's ability to traverse genres with ease; her refusal to be boxed into a singular sound, and her talent at drawing on nostalgic soundscapes and giving them a 2020 re-up. She even invented a character for herself called Keisha, while the track's feature Yung Baby Tate stars as Felicia - because are you really a popstar if you don't have an alter-ego?
Produced by LIOHN (Brockhampton, Lady Gaga), Bree says of the track - "I landed in Sweden for a writing trip, I was binge watching back to back shows of Fresh Prince
and Martin, I love the music in those shows and thought to myself, if I was a songwriter during that time and was asked to contribute to a soundtrack for one of those shows, what would that be? I felt really inspired and decided to play around with some 80's sounds, I fell in love with the lead chords and stepped straight into character, alas my character Keisha was born. It was a no-brainer to bring Tate on board, this song tells a story; it's full of character, drama, unity, it's colorful and FUN, everything we both are! An ultimate bad bitches link up!"
The incredible 80's inspired video, a buzzing sensory overload of colors and pulsating technicolor graphics sees both Bree and Tate popping out of old school TV screens delivering energetic in-yer-face performances. Produced during lockdown by filmmaker and director Gemma Yin, vibrant animation combines with footage shot by Bree and Tate whilst in quarantine at their respective homes.
"Damn Daniel" follows her explosive single "Apeshit," which solidified Bree as a superstar in the making and scored co-signs from the likes of Missy Elliot, Doja Cat
and Russ. COMPLEX called it a "major hit," while i-D heralded it as a "contagiously energetic bop." Inspired by a Youtube commenter who thought she was "too much," Bree used her signature sense of humor to flip the narrative and serve "a middle finger to anybody who's bothered by you doing you. Turn it up some more and pepper 'dem!"
Bree defies any attempts to restrict or pigeonhole her, pulling on a broad range of musical references - from 90's MTV stars like Busta Rhymes
and Gwen Stefani, to Lady Gaga, to the Ghanaian Highlife music her dad raised her on. She has her (very well-manicured) hands in every aspect of her artistic output - from styling to art direction to creating 26-page moodboards for her music videos. She's also adamant about using her music and platform to speak up about inequalities like racism and sexism, addressing her own experiences on bullying and colorism.
Bree's devoted cult following - the so called "Runways" - is growing by the day. Pop royalty Rihanna, Kehlani, Stormzy, Diplo, Jorja Smith
and Noname have all given the rising star their seal of approval on socials. Even Michelle Obama told a young Bree she had the talent to go far. Michelle was right!