What has Dido been doing since releasing her meek, emotionally scarred third album, 2008's Safe Trip Home? Why, the smart thing, of course: biding her time until trip-hoppy production (read: post-dubstep) and Sade-style heartache (via Jessie Ware, Katy B, El Perro Del Mar) make a comeback. And also, quite possibly, for the right rapper to come along and give her a boost back into the mainstream. It was Eminem, of course, who first put the British singer-songwriter on the map after he legally sampled her song "Thank You" for his incredibly huge, very well-received, slang-coining 2000 hit "Stan." Now, with a new album called Girl Who Got Away due out March 4, Dido is back with Slim Shady's Aftermath Ent. pal Kendrick Lamar, and a production assist from Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, fun.'s Some Nights). Their collaboration, "Let Us Move On," may actually allow the artist to do just that, offering fans of pop and rap alike something new to talk about: her ethereal soul-dampening voice, those pensive piano hits and momentous bass booms, and K-Dot's poignant-to-ferocious verse.
Dido featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Let Us Move On" (also at NPR):