Japanese singer and former internet superstar Joji just released a new single in collaboration with Diplo. “Daylight,” the fourth pre-release track from Joji’s highly-anticipated September release album “Nectar,” is a perfect track for when you’re missing the summer that the longest lockdown in the world has robbed you of.
While Diplo and Joji are about as different as two musical artists can be, “Daylight” is a fun blend of both their musical styles: emotional lyrics with lo-fi and trap influences. Joji’s breathy vocals still hit the spot, and by spot I mean that place in my mind wishing that I was out and about under the sun. The music video is also a treat to watch precisely because of its (unfortunately) relatable storyline.
In the video, directed by Munachi Osegbu of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” fame, Joji and Diplo are two daydreamers stuck in a thankless PA job where they have to attend to every single need of a 90s boy band who are, frankly, too old to be in one.
The video’s colorful, fun, nostalgic and truly representative of how fun shoots can get (sidenote: I can’t believe I miss shoots). Aside from Joji and Diplo, the ensemble of characters in the video also bring hilarity to the whole story from the director who can’t help but cry because the blocking isn’t followed, to the members of the boy group just trying to serve face and the extras who are working really hard to stand out but remain in the background.
“Daylight” makes you miss the outdoors, exactly how Joji planned it. In a statement, he says. “It might be nice for people to hear a song about daylight, especially when we don’t get as much of it as we used to.”
Joji’s album “Nectar,” which includes “Daylight” and the gold-certified, I-asked-my-quaranfling-to-listen-this single “Sanctuary,” comes out on Sept. 25 through 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music.