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blackbear, aka Mat Musto, has released his first song from his forthcoming album ANONYMOUS. “1 SIDED LOVE” blends elements of electro-pop and rap smoothly while putting fans in the Valentine’s Day mood.

However, while blackbear has went on to write songs for Justin Bieber and G-Eazy, his latest actually revisits his scene roots. In fact, Artist Vs Poet’s Joe Kirkland produced the track.

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Additionally, Kirkland has worked with Dua Lipa and Nick Jonas among many others.

Listen to “1 SIDED LOVE” below.

According to a press release, a music video for the song will also be coming soon. blackbear’s album ANONYMOUS will be out April 26.

This is not the first time blackbear has recently collaborated with scene favorites. In addition to Kirkland, blackbear worked with Andrew Goldstein from The Friday Night Boys. For his song “Anxiety” Goldstein appeared on the track under his solo project, FRND. Additionally, Goldstein produced blackbear’s “Do Re Mi.”

You can listen to “Anxiety” below.

Goldstein is also responsible for producing artists such as 5 Seconds of Summer (“Want You Back,” “Youngblood”), Against The Current and Halestorm.

Last summer, we dove into blackbear’s former scene phase. Before fronting Florida-based pop-punk act Polaroid, the self-described fan of blink-182 soon expanded his horizons to bands such as New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio—even getting a tattoo of the latter’s logo.

“I was already a fan of blink-182 and [my babysitter’s] like, ‘If you like blink, you’ll love all this,’” Musto tells Noisey. “I fucking just fell in love with Alkaline Trio and just got deeper and deeper into the subculture.”

Additionally, blackbear ended up working with former Woe, Is Me vocalist Tyler Carter before lending his vocals to Machine Gun Kelly.

Since then, the rapper has worked with Linkin Park (“Sorry For Now” from One More Light), Mike Shinoda, Mod Sun and Hoodie Allen—just to name a few.

What do you think of blackbear’s latest single? Sound off in the comments below.

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