Usher dropped his new album titled “Looking 4 Myself” today for which he has received many mixed reviews. In this album, Usher further develops what he brands as his “revolutionary pop” by blending elements of EDM, hip-hop, R&B, and pop to create a “new” sound. Two of songs on the album, “Numb” and “Euphoria,” were produced by Swedish House Mafia.
“Numb” incorporates a typical four-on-the-floor style house beat and a light, simple melody to accompany Usher’s vocals. However, the track doesn’t incorporate the distinctive, suspenseful buildups and huge choruses that we’ve all come to love on Swedish House Mafia tracks. It also feels a little strange that SHM is relegated to the background in this track.
“Euphoria”, on the other hand, feels a lot more like a SHM hit. The chorus, the best part of this track, features grand, orchestral synths with a dirty, dubby bass synth chiming in every few beats. The second buildup and drop into the chorus is even better than the first. We can definitely see this track being played at quite a few EDM festivals in the near future.
Check out the two SHM tracks on Usher’s new album: