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Listen: Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala’s new song “Backwards”

on March 07, 2014, 11:13am

What’s likely one of the most anticipated tracks off the star-studded Divergent soundtrack has finally been unveiled. Even with Kendrick Lamar’s recent infatuation with Imagine Dragons and indie-rock, his collaboration with Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala still seems right out of left field. Bust as he did with the “Radioactive (Remix)”, Kendrick proves he’s a force to be reckoned with no matter the setting.

“Backwards”, an updated version of Tame Impala’s own “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, begins with an all-out assault from K-Dot, as he rallies his troops with a series of battle cries. Meanwhile, Tame Impala’s radiant soundscapes have been fleshed out by a lush string section.

Listen to the track below and the rest of the Divergent soundtrack at Pitchfork. The soundtrack is due out on March 11th. The film hits theaters on March 21st.

Divergent Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. Zedd – “Find You” (feat. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant)
02. Ellie Goulding – “Beating Heart”
03. Pia Mia – “Fight for You” (feat. Chance the Rapper)
04. Ellie Goulding – “Hanging On” (I See MONSTAS remix)
05. Snow Patrol – “I Won’t Let You Go”
06 Woodkid – “Run Boy Run”
07. Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar – “Backwards”
08. M83 – “I Need You”
09. A$AP Rocky – “In Distress” (feat. Gesaffelstein)
10. Pretty Lights – “Lost and Found” (ODESZA remix)
11. Skrillex – “STRANGER” (feat. KillaGraham From Milo & Otis & Sam Dew)
12. Big Deal – “Dream Machines”
13. Ellie Goulding – “Dead in the Water”
14. Woodkid – “I Love You” (Deluxe Track)
15. Banks – “Waiting Game” (Deluxe Track)
16. Ellie Goulding – “My Blood”