This Week in Music

Radar reviews Lana Del Rey's new song with the Weekend and checks out Kiiara's new single 'Whippin'.

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Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life (With The Weeknd)

 

Stargirl and Starboy reunite on for the third time on ‘Lust For Life’. Musically the pair are perfect soulmates, The Weeknd had previously spoke of how Lana is “the girl in my music, and I am the guy in her music.”.

 

The song is a throwback to the sixties with same themes of love, youth and death that Del Rey implements in all her songs. “They say only the good die young / That just ain't right” Lana once again brings up her desire to die at a young age which she’s brought up in numerous interviews and in the majority of her songs; but she goes onto say “‘Cause we're having too much fun /

Too much fun tonight” which may be signifying a change of heart for the singer.

 

What’s captivating about this song is the reference to the poem ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley, “We're the masters of our own fate / We're the captains of our own souls”. These words may be referring to keeping strong through the trials and tribulations that a relationship can go through.

 

The track itself is more old-school than Del Rey’s previous stuff but that’s not to say it lacks modernity. It’s The Weeknd’s vocals that keep the track cool and dreamy; bringing him back was a good step. The duo know that they’re a match made in heaven and as long as they keep working together and bringing out songs like this people won’t stop listening.

 

Kiiara - Whippin (Feat. Felix Snow)

 

Kiiara returns with a track of her own after her triumphant, but oddly unexpected collaboration with Linkin Park. The track is a follow up to her extraordinary breakout ‘Gold’.

 

‘Whippin’ features frequent collaborator, Felix Snow’s magical production. The collab results in their usual glittery, glitchy pop that we love.

 

Kiiara’s lyrics are about the ups and downs of a relationship, including how far she’ll go for someone, “Phone lit, past three, see you say what’s up.” It’s got all her signature late night, tropical vibes with catchy hooks and a touch of autotune - only used in the best way possible.

 

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