Yesterday, we learned that the rumors about a Destiny’s Child reunion were in fact truth, as Beyoncé announced the impending release of “Nuclear.” The bonus addition to the forthcoming Love Songs retrospective set is the ’90s R&B girl-group’s first new song in eight years and, as it turns out, may be performed by DC at Super Bowl XLVII, whose field Beyoncé will be doubtlessly carpet-bombing with gold glitter as the halftime show’s main act.
Well, the developments continue to pour in. Mashable now has the exclusive stream of “Nuclear,” an upbeat Pharrell Williams-produced single written by Michelle Williams with help from James Fauntleroy (Brandy, Chris Brown, Rihanna) and Flipmode Squad member Lonny Bereal. Borrowing its shuffling percussive oomph from Lyn Collins’ endlessly sampled “Think,” the track recalls proto New Jack Swing and sports mellow, wobbly synth hits as well.
For their part, the girls deliver on their legacy, eschewing Bey’s future-leaning pop’speriments and Kelly Rowland’s rap-happy collabo-isms for some vintage pre-millennial R&B: smooth group vocals, angelic ahs, lines that reference sexual chemistry (and quantum mechanics) while remaining quite tasteful: “When the two become one on a quantum level / It’s nuclear, with you here / There’s nowhere left to run / It’s nuclear with you here / We both heat up.” You know, like those deep Brandy album cuts.
Stream the song now over at Mashable.