October 12, 2016


Maroon 5 & Kendrick Lamar Go Tropical House in 'Don't Wanna Know': Listen

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You gotta admit, in their 10-plus years in the spotlight, Maroon 5 have found a way to stay relevant. The guys started off with the poppy rock popularized in the early aughts, and then they went power pop, and then they went funky. And now, Adam Levine and the crew are jumping on that tropical house trend that Justin Bieber and Fifth Harmony are incorporating in their Top 40 music.

In their new track, "Don't Wanna Know," the band kicks the catchy ditty off with a fresh, tropical beat and the unintelligble vocal samples that have been made famous by Major Lazer and Skrillex. It's not exactly Maroon 5, but it's not exactly Kygo either. It's complex enough to follow in the "cool pop" shoes of The Chainsmokers, but elementary enough that you don't have to do much to get the chorus stuck in you head.

Kendrick Lamar jumps on the song, too. The rapper seems to be saying "yes" to more pop features lately, with SiaBeyoncéTaylor Swift spots in the past two years.

The song is about letting go of a past love and trying not to imagine them with someone else. It's a hit. The video is supposed to drop this Friday.

Watch Adam Levine say a bunch of crazy stuff to Fuse in an archival clip: