Never would I have imagined Danity Kane would get back together… again. After a rocky reunion in 2013 that ended before DK3 was even finished, the trio of Shannon Bex, Aubrey O’Day, and Dawn Richard toured under the Danity Kane name last year; six months into 2019, the group have released “NEØN LIGHTS,” their first song in almost six years. Blending the disco of dumblonde’s bianca and the electronic R&B of Richard’s new breed, they have created a sound distinctive from their previous girl group fodder.
O’Day takes the first verse, detailing the twilight that is 2 AM in a club. As she decides to surrender to her inhibitions, she’s joined by Bex on the hook, wanting to “see how far [they] can get lost.” The chorus is replaced with a house breakdown — a repetitive exclamation of “turn on my neon lights” — before Richard is given the spotlight on the steamy after party that is verse two. She does the second hook solo, as well, which devolves into a DJ’s set of the trio playing out the breakdown for half the track. More so a dumblonde/Richard project than the Danity Kane nostalgic fans want, “NEØN LIGHTS” is a fine progression for one of the most successful girl groups of the 2000s.