Edit: Track Removed From Soundcloud
No stranger to cross-genre glory (see her collaboration with Eminem: “Stan“), Dido returns to the scene with Kendrick Lamar in a new track released yesterday called, “Let us Move On.”
Indie music aficionados have always had a special place in their for Dido — her music has always ventured into the experimental, and teaming up with one of the buzz names in experimental hip-hop like Lamar (who graces the top 10 lists of a number of my favorite fellow bloggers) shows that three years after her last LP, Safe Trip Home, Dido still has her finger on what’s pulsing in the scene.
“Let Us Move On” has the effortless cool of El Perro Del Mar‘s “Walk On By” (one of my favorite tracks of the year). The electro-infused track swims with swagger, dripping in self-confident poignancy in the way only Dido can. Advocating a push past the “irreverence of pain” for those of us frozen inside to move out to sea, “Let Us Move On” finds Dido moving past the contemplative sadness of the death of her father that was the subject matter of Safe Trip Home.
Oh, and let me just say it: her rebirth is our gift. By the time Kendrick Lamar gets on the track (coupled with exquisite backing vocals), growling with an energy that can only come with a great collaboration, you might just be reconsidering putting this track near the top of your year end lists.