PREP Teams Up With Monsta X's Shownu & So!YoON! of Se So Neon on 'Don't Look Back': Exclusive

Kenya Abe


Groovy Londoners PREP have joined up with a K-pop star and a Korean indie artist for their new song. “Don’t Look Back,” a jazzy R&B song that overflows with lush synths, features a verse from Monsta X’s Shownu and backing vocals and crisp guitar from Se So Neon’s So!YoON! It is the first time PREP is working with either artist.

The woozy collaboration, written and produced by PREP, came about due to the act’s sizable fandom throughout Asia, and Shownu himself sought out the band to work together. On it, the K-pop star's silky English tone counters singer Tom Havelock’s ruminating falsetto as they sing about the realization that you may not be the only person in someone’s life. According to Havelock, the lush, dreamy song is about, “Jealousy. Looking for hidden meanings. The heavy pause after his name gets mentioned.”

“Don’t Look Back” precedes the release of PREP’s upcoming EP Line by Line, set to be released on Nov. 9, just a day after the quartet kicks off multiple Asian performances in Shanghai on Nov. 8; they'll head to the U.S. for three live shows afterward. The upcoming album follows this summer’s Cold Fire EP, which featured a title track that included Korean R&B singer DEAN.

PREP features co-writer and keyboard player Llywelyn Ap Myrddin, a classical & opera composer, drummer Guillaume Jambel, who - as GIOM - has headlined Fabric and Privilege, Grammy nominee Dan Radclyffe and singer Tom Havelock.

Monsta X released their new album Take 1. Are You There? fronted by the single "Shoot Out" on Monday (Oct. 22). Se So Neon recently performed in NY and Toronto in September at Modern Sky Festival events. 

Take a listen to the exclusive premier of “Don’t Look Back” and see PREP’s upcoming concert dates below.  

PREP's upcoming live dates:

Nov. 8 - Yu Yin Tang Livehouse, Shanghai
Nov. 9 - Dusk Dawn Club, Beijing
Nov. 10 - iMarket Bluesquare Hall, Seoul
Nov. 12 - Livehouse at The Pavilion, Singapore
Nov. 14 - Hard Rock Cafe, Jakarta
Nov. 16 - Hard Rock Cafe. Balo
Nov. 17 - Maho Rasop Festival, Bangkok
Nov. 19 - 19 East, Manila
Nov. 28 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn
Dec. 2 - Chop Shop, Chicago
Dec. 3 - Gold Diggers, Los Angeles