Single Reviews: Lana Del Rey, OneRepublic, Tinashe & ScHoolboy Q, Royksopp & Robyn, Lean Turner

Lana Del Rey

"West Coast"

Interscope/Polydor U.K.

"You got the music in you, don't you?" asks Lana Del Rey on her new single "West Coast" (Interscope/Polydor U.K.) from the upcoming "Ultraviolence." Her first collaboration with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys certainly does: While the track gracefully weaves the trademark noir-pop web that fueled Del Rey's rise, Auerbach tinkers with that template by adding psych-rock textures and surprise tempo changes. The verses stew in a cloud of guitar reverb, but the inevitable climax never arrives. Instead, the chorus dissipates into a hazy "ooh baby" singalong, tailor-made for a Twin Peaks remake. The mood swings never find a release, but that tension is what makes "West Coast" so intoxicating. -Ryan Reed

 

OneRepublic

"Love Runs Out"

Mosley/Interscope

Hitmaker Ryan Tedder tackles the daunting task of following up ­One­Republic's biggest single yet ("Counting Stars") head on by churning out an arena-ready Mississippi blues stomper about faith and devotion. The verses' melody and percussive feel are sometimes slightly reminiscent of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown," but the chorus is all Tedder, soaring and soulful with a church-like call-and-response. -Andrew Hampp

 

Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q

"2 On"

RCA Records

Alt-R&B starlet Tinashe celebrates her 21st birthday by taking a detour from her subtler, sultrier material and swerving into the club to "pour it on up till I can't even think no more." With DJ Mustard's 808s rumbling under her heels, Schoolboy Q guesting and a sample of Sean Paul's "We Be Burning" tossed into the mix, "2 On" presents an exhilarating left turn for the rising singer. -Brad Wete

 

Royksopp & Robyn

"Do It Again"

Cherrytree/Interscope

"Do It Again," the new mini-album from Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp and Swedish pop songstress Robyn, is an offbeat experimentation between old friends, but the title track dutifully satisfies the years-long craving for an effervescent new pop song from the two acts, who last released albums (separately) four years ago. Propulsive synthesizers and a particularly dramatic vocal take by Robyn make "Do It Again" fitting of its title - it has serious replay value. -Jason Lipshutz

 

Leah Turner

"Pull Me Back"

Columbia Nashville

California-bred country singer Leah Turner lays bare her romantic vulnerabilities on "Pull Me Back." She delivers her vocals with the strength of a woman fully in command of her feelings - however mixed they may be. Her gritty performance is matched by layered pop production that makes "Pull Me Back" sound like an ace Kelly Clarkson B-side. -Jill Menze


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