“Cold” is the second recent Maroon 5 single to embrace hip-hop. After Kendrick Lamar chipped in on “Don’t Wanna Know” last year, Future appears on the band’s latest release, as singer Adam Levine faces down the end of a relationship.
In “Cold,” Levine sings about the affection slowly draining from a romance. “Are we taking time or a time-out?” he wonders. “I can’t take the in-between/ Asking me for space here in my house/ You know how to fuck with me.” Future picks up on the discord when he raps: “I just spent half a mil on a chandelier,” he laments. “Now you trying to cut me off like a light switch.” “We goin’ two separate ways,” he adds. “You ain’t been actin’ the same.”
Though the lyrics are melancholy, the beat to “Cold” stays breezy. A similar contrast between sound and subject helped push “Don’t Wanna Know” into the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Cold” was also co-written and co-produced by Benny Blanco, the pop-savant who helped with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”
Maroon 5 will perform “Cold” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.