The ska-funk beat and Gwen Stefani‘s choppy rap-singing stop on a dime as the chorus morphs into something just shy of dubstep, with Stefani’s yearning vocals soaring over a smooth electro stomp. Bassist Tony Kanal told Rolling Stone it’s “our ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’” because of the song’s schizo genre-hopping. It’s an intriguing and enjoyable dichotomy of sounds, and it illustrates how the band has managed to pay homage to their ska roots while continuing to move forward into dance-pop territory.
Push And Shove, No Doubt‘s first album in a over a decade, won’t be released until September 25 so to hold us over for the next few weeks, Ryan Seacrest unveiled the LP’s title track. The Diplo-produced “Push And Shove” starts off exactly how you’d expect: like Tragic Kingdom merged with one of Major Lazer‘s island party bangers. But that’s just a warm-up for what happens at the hook. Check it out after the jump.