Earlier this month, Pharrell premiered “Squeeze Me,” the first N.E.R.D. contribution to the upcoming Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, with the promise that more music from the band was on its way. Today, two new N.E.R.D. tracks have hit the Internet, and they’re significantly more straightforward in their subject matter. Fans of the animated show will recognize the titular “Patrick Star” and “Sandy Squirrel,” of course, but fans of Pharrell and his bandmates — Chad Hugo and Shay Haley — will barely recognize the trio as they goof around on the animated movie’s jangling, cutesy soundtrack.
Stream both new tracks below and remain hopeful that this isn’t the group’s permanent new direction.