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Listen to Rex Orange County’s funky summer single ‘THREAT’

"This song was really made for August time ... when it's hot outside . go be outside"

By Hollie Geraghty

Rex Orange County smiles at the camera in a black and white headshot
Rex Orange County (Picture: Wikimedia Creative Commons).

Rex Orange County has shared new summer single ‘THREAT’ – listen to the track below.

The singer said the sunset-tinged single was “really made for August time” when “it’s hot outside”.

“Go be outside, blast this, in the car roll ur windows down, blast this,” Rex Orange County, real name Alex O’Connor, wrote on Twitter.

Listen to the funky lo-fi track below.

The single marks the singer-songwriter’s first new music since his fourth album, Who Cares? which came out in March this year. It followed the independently released BCos U Will Never B Free (2015) and Apricot Princess (2017), and 2019’s Pony released through RCA.

At the beginning of last month, the singer cancelled the remainder of his 2022 tour due to “unforeseen personal circumstances”.

“It is with a great deal of sadness to announce that due to unforeseen personal circumstances, I am having to spend some time at home this year and I will not be able to continue with touring as planned,” he wrote on social media.

He is still due to play Gunnersbury Park in London on Saturday (13 August), but cancelled his Australia, New Zealand and European shows that were scheduled for September and November.

“This is the last thing I want to do. I love touring and I am so sorry to be letting anyone down,” he added. “I look forward to getting back to it as soon as I can.”

Who Cares? landed O’Connor his first UK Number One album, which featured singles ‘One In A Million’, ‘Amazing’ and ‘Keep It Up’.

“Thank you to everyone who listened to Who Cares?” he said of the achievement. “I’m so happy to have an Official Number One album in the UK, where I’m from. I appreciate all the love.”

The album also featured another Tyler, The Creator collaboration, ‘Open A Window’, following his feature on the US artist’s 2017 album Flower Boy.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Rex Orange County reflected on what he learned from rapper and producer. “He’s taught me a lot, but also just him giving me a mirror to look at what I did – that I had made it out there and done it on my own,” he said.