DABIN and LOWELL, “Holding On”
Toronto’s Dabin Lee currently works double time, on his own releases as well as being one of Illenium’s right hand stars on record and in performance for the last five years. Somehow, his latest single “Holding On” from his recent album Between Broken, has cut through the red tape and landed on Canadian radio. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer song to bring some electronic flavour and wizardry to radio after Illenium’s own brilliant collaboration with Jon Bellion, “Good Things Fall Apart”, cracked through in 2019. It’s a poignant but unsettling song about finding oneself back with or wanting the same lover even after you’ve broken up. Singer Lowell is a fellow Canadian and, like Dabin, hardly a newcomer, having released two albums of her own, and shows her strong songwriting skills on “Holding On”. She co-wrote last year’s “La Di Die” by Nessa Barrett and jxdn (which got to #8 on my chart), and has also written for Bülow, Madison Beer, Hailee Steinfeld, Tate McRae, and several others over the last few years. It’s a super collaboration that I hope American radio will also recognize soon.