The Queen of Shock Pop’s new single, “Die Young,” leaked yesterday and — good news! — new Ke$ha sounds a whole lot like old Ke$ha, if scrubbed of some of that glitter. We have always admired Ke$ha’s penchant for laser-y synths and apocalyptic drum beats, her half-rapped and sort of blathering vocals, and most of all her aggressively care-free spirit; and so we were a little worried that if she made an album where she gave “so many f***s,” we might not be able to dance to it. We’re worrying no more, though, as this first cut from Warrior — out December 4th — finds Ke$ha back in high wild-child style and only ever-so-slightly more matured, employing an acoustic guitars and what might be the anti-bass drop.
Written by Ke$ha herself, with the help of fun.‘s Nate Ruess, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut, “Die Young” finds Ke$ha back in YOLO-mode, “Lookin for some trouble tonight” and offering “show you some wild side.” Tearing it up like the end doesn’t matter, she dances like no one’s watching in dirty socks, takes shots and makes a joke about “the magic” in all the boys pants. But then, sounding unusually tender, she sings: “Oh what a shame that you came here with someone/ So while you’re here in my arms/Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” And at the point in the song where we’ve grown accustomed to hearing an end of world style bass drop, the acoustic guitar riddled beat cuts out instead to hand claps and gang vocals — an interesting sort anti-dub, no?