Hyper Pop Artist Danny Dwyer Collaborates with Pop-Punk Outfit The Wonder Years on “Mortal Kombat 2”

February 17, 2023 BY Jason Currell

“A flawless victory.” – Alternative Press

“Leaves all of us aching for more.” – Office Magazine

“Danny’s releases have given us a glimpse into his whimsical world that tinkers with bedroom pop, indie rock, jazz, contemporary R&B, and much more.” – Hypebeast

Today Hyper-pop R&B artist Danny Dwyer shares a reworking of his video-game inspired single, “Mortal Kombat 2, with American pop-punk band, The Wonder Years. “Mortal Kombat 2” is a track that uses sadness as an engine with euphoria paired with a visually hypnotizing video that roars through emotion with every shot“Mortal Kombat 2” is available on digital retailers here.

Mortal Kombat” means so much to me and it was really special to rework it with “The Wonder Years.” I am such a fan of what they do and getting the chance to see our styles meet on this track was an amazing experience. I was blown away by the lyrics and the development of the story when Soupy sent his verse and Mike’s drums took the song to a whole new level. I’m so excited to finally be able to share this collaboration with the world,” shares Danny.

Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years share, “I had lunch with my friend Sameer and he told me he was working with this artist named Danny and that I would really like it. A few months later he sent me Mortal Kombat and said he thought I made a lot of sense for the second verse. I pressed play and was floored by how instantaneous the chorus was. The song got stuck in my head on one listen. The hooks were in. They had me. I had to no choice—I had to sing on it.”



The original version of “Mortal Kombat” was on Danny’s 2022 double EP LOSERSan emotional portrayal of liberated youth. The result is a collection of coming-of-age songs that have one foot in Friday Night Lights and another in Harmony Korine’s KidsLOSERS featured singles, “Disbeliever” along with “A.P.C’s,” “Summertime,” “Rust,” and “Asthma.” Dwyer ended his incredible 2022 while on a UK tour supporting Alexander 23.


Every Danny Dwyer song starts with him screaming at a wall. With roots in hip hop and alternative rock, the Missouri-born, LA-based artist-producer grew up balancing his time between dirt bikes, guitars, and Ableton.  After racking up streams during SoundCloud’s golden era, his heat-seeking ears brought him big league attention and a one-way ticket to Hollywood. There he holed up in a downtown loft and threw his mad scientist mind at every DAW and instrument within striking distance. Danny has already been featured in playlists such as Spotify’s Lorem, Mellow Morning, Mellow Mood, Fresh Finds and Alternative R&B, and Apple’s INDIY, Day One, and has recently collaborated with Billy Lemos, RAC, Maria Isabel, Benny Sings, MILK, and now The Wonder Years.