Stream “Skin Divers” here. This is the highest quality leak from Duran Duran’s forthcoming Red Carpet Massacre. There’s been much debate about the band’s new direction, but to me “Skin Divers” is the most polarizing new song yet to surface. It’s a dark and sleazy club track and another Timbaland collaboration with the inevitable arsenal of repetitive, machinated beats, some subtle disco funk bass, and inexplicable guest rapping. The rapping is what kills it for me. Whenever older, established bands try to sound hip and current by throwing some “cred” into the mix with a hip-hop flavor, it invariably ends up sounding clueless and desperate. And the lyric “Google dirty fingers” is quite embarrassing. The band is certainly taking some risks with these experimental new songs. Whether they’ll pan out and turn into sales remains to be seen. But “Skin Divers” seems ill-advised any way you look at it.