Years & Years and MNEK have shared a brand-new track, appropriately named ‘Valentino’.
Having been friends for a long time, it was only inevitable that Years & Years and MNEK would collide musically for something special eventually.
‘Valentino’ is their magnificent, flamenco-inspired love-child which once again sees Years & Years and MNEK break new unchartered ground as they duet in perfect harmony about former lovers who have messed each of them around in the past. They wrote the track together last year and fast became a fan-favourite after they played it together on a few of the Years & Years arena tour dates.
On creating ‘Valentino’ together, Olly says: “Uzo and I were inspired to write a song about the many fuck boys who have done us dirty. I’m lucky to have a friend like Uzo – somebody I talk to when I’m upset about a boy and working together was basically an extension of us hanging out.
“I’ve known Uzo for a while now and I’m just in awe of his talent. I hope the lyrics connect with people regardless of their sexuality – we all know a Valentino! – but I am so proud of this song for how unashamedly gay it is. Two men singing about a boy is still disappointingly uncommon so it makes me very happy to be putting this song out with MNEK.”
Meanwhile, MNEK shared the love back by saying: “I had the best time not only producing this record but also writing and singing it with him. He invited me to perform the song with him on a few stops of the Years & Years’ tour last year which was amazing.
“He texted me a few days ago saying, “we need to put Valentino out on Valentine’s Day” so of course, I said, “let’s go!”
The accompanying video sees the two friends get over their fuckboi syndrome by going on an Anti-Valentine’s mission to purge the nefarious ‘Valentino’ for good. It was shot in Stockholm, during a stop on Years & Years’ EU tour, and was directed by Olly, Uzo and Jordan Rossi.
MNEK was recently heralded by regular collaborator and choreographer Royston, who said the pop star “brings honesty and raw emotion to the table,” and is crucial to today’s music scene for “tackling important issues”.