Mariah Carey Boards the Disco Revival Train With “You Don’t Know What to Do”

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May 19 2014 1:01 PM

Mariah Carey Boards the Disco Revival Train With “You Don’t Know What to Do”

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Mariah Carey performs on NBC's Today.

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On the Today Show late last week, Mariah Carey premiered “You Don’t Know What to Do,” a breezy duet with Wale. The studio version has hit the Web today, and it’s by far the best new song to come from her forthcoming album, Me … I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse, which has been plagued with delays for more than a year.

The single is a lush, appealing dance track that rides the wave of the disco revival that has lately been led by Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, a posthumous MJ, and others. And while Wale’s rap verses don’t add much to the track (he does throw in a nod to one of the singer’s earlier, and and far more charismatic, collaborators, the late O.D.B.), Carey’s vocals, great production, and a catchy chorus make it perfect for the summer season. After a string of failed lead single releases, Carey may have finally found a track that could return her to the top of the Billboard charts.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.