Watch: N.E.R.D & Rihanna – Lemon

Rarely do we find it necessary to devote the pages of DANSK to music; perhaps we’re getting old, but we find ourselves dismayed by most contemporary pop music; and the good stuff, we like to keep between ourselves, our friends, and our favorite dance-floors. But today’s an exception. Just after announcing that she’s working on the follow-up album to her critically-acclaimed ANTI, the Barbadian super-performer, singer, and pop-cultural behemoth Rihanna just dropped a single with the canonical duo N.E.R.D. The duo, consisting of producers Shae Haley and the omnipresent Pharrell Williams, rose to fame in the late 90s and 2000s as the experimental side-project of The Neptunes, and were celbrated for their rock-infused take on funk, making their mark on the decade through hits like “Provider” and “She Wants to Move”. Despite their success, a prolonged hiatus have caused N.E.R.D to fall into the cracks of recent musical history – so who better, then, to revive them than the Princess herself? Entitled “Lemon”, we can’t help but wonder if it’s some kind of stab at Beyoncé and her latest album Lemonade…. But that’s all guess-work. For now. Watch this space for more, and meanwhile, enjoy a rapping Rihanna and a buzz-cut Mette Towley giving all she’s got.