Little Mix and Nathan Dawe

Nathan Dawe & Little Mix — No Time For Tears

The two acts drop what should have been 2020's major summer pop bop

If there’s one thing that 2020 needs more than a complete do-over, it might just be a pop anthem to ring in the final month of the year. Artists like Rina Sawayama and Yungblud have worked vigorously (and very successfully) to carry their signature sounds into the end of 2020, and Nathan Dawe and Little Mix are just the latest to drop a familiar musical feeling that packs a rather unique punch. The acts are here to deliver, creating the collab that might just save us all after the buzz of Dawe’s summer single “Lighter” and Little Mix’s high-energy sixth album, Confetti.

The booming collaboration consists of five stars who have taken the musical spotlight by storm in recent months. “No Time For Tears” comes as “Lighter” reached gold status in the UK, and Little Mix — made up of Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Jesy Nelson — just took home the MTV EMA for Best Pop. Both acts are unapologetically topping the UK pop scene, and their collaborative track reflects the top-of-the-world sentiment for each.

“No Time For Tears” was first teased by Dawe via football stadium scoreboard, so it’s safe to say that expectations were high for the release. Fortunately, it brings the sound of summer to an otherwise chilly (but mostly indoor) winter, matching upbeat production with the powerhouse pop vocals that fans have come to associate with Little Mix, especially after some of their previous 2020 hits, like “Sweet Melody” and “Holiday.” Really, it’s a dance track perfectly fit for the clubs that aren’t open, but makes for a killer soundtrack for trying new moves at home.

And the lyrics will make you want to sing along, using a miscellaneous hair tool as a microphone and fulfilling dreams of having a main character moment. Written by Tré Jean-Marie, MNEK, Thirlwall, and Dawe, there’s something powerful about reminding someone from your past that they don’t occupy your mind anymore. Lyrical moments like, “I don’t need your sorry/ This ain’t a pity party,” and “Did you really think I’d be lonely without you?/ I’m so good without you / Did you really think that I’d be losing sleep?” do just that. It serves a message of moving on, filled with emotion and overt confidence that Little Mix is known for (and truly thrives in), and Dawe is well on his way to likening himself to as a producer.

The song, released on Nov. 27, has already racked up more than a million streams on Spotify alone. Meanwhile, Dawe is establishing himself firmly as one of the top pop producers of the moment, and it seems as though it won’t be long before he hits worldwide acclaim in the likes of Zedd or Calvin Harris with an already well-respected reputation.

The track deserves a similar level of excitement as it produces with its sound, and the Little Mix and Dawe team-up is one for the books; we can only hope this energy won’t stop in 2021.