Pastels shares new single ‘Ramon & Juliet’ with ThatKidMaz; album ‘Love Garden’ out 6/2

April 21, 2023 BY Bailey Vigliaturo

Today, Vietnamese-Australian producer pastels (given name Annie Bui) shares her latest single “Ramon & Juliet,” in collaboration with Eritrean-Australian rapper ThatKidMaz and vocalist Elysia.  

“Ramon & Juliet” puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s most famous forbidden lovers, but ThatKidMaz’s humorous verses demonstrate that this love story is a bit one-sided. 

“This is a comical piece,” shares pastels, “about a guy trying to get a girl’s attention.” 

Maz’s reference-heavy “suave” lyrics about everything from Eminem to Peter Pan give “Ramon & Juliet” a funny edge over pastels’ typical angelic production. He raps: “They say that I’m a simp but symphony is to impress you / But I could never plan to be a Stan and hold you over / I could Peter Pan and take your hand and be your Hova.”  

“Ramon & Juliet” is the fourth off of pastels’ upcoming album Love Garden, set for release on June 2, and the second to feature a vocalist, following the release of “Could’ve Been U,” with Jessica Domingo (HERE).  

“’Love Garden’,” pastels describes, “is an album reflecting on love and relationships. As most of the project is instrumental, listeners are open to interpret the songs however they vibe with it. Ideally, my main goal is for listeners to feel like they are in a warm, romantic and luscious garden party.” 

Stereofox lauded “Could’ve Been U,” calling it “simply put, mesmerizing,” while HYPEFRESH praised the song for its “heartfelt reflection” and “sensual mood.” “Could’ve Been U” also scored several Spotify editorial additions, including New Music Friday AU/NZ (357K likes), R&B Connect (191K likes) and R&B Feels (104K likes). 

“Ramon & Juliet” is available at digital retailers here: 

Love Garden Album Art | Download HERE 
Love Garden tracklist: 
Love Garden (w/ Häzel)
Sway Closely
Consumed (w/ Eileen Sho ji)
Wet Roses
Ramon & Juliet (w/ ThatKidMaz)
Could’ve Been U (w/ Jessica Domingo)
Divine Pleasures