The new Martin Garrix track with Usher stands apart from the rest but not for the reason you'd think.
Usher sounds remarkably EDM on the record. His voice is as strong as ever, but to an untrained ear, it's not immediately apparent that "Don't Look Down" is anything but a typical dance track - Usher's vocals follow the same pattern as almost every other dance song out there. But then Garrix lets the production dance with playful xylophones, and just like that, Usher's vocals become part of something much bigger.
At only 18 years old, Garrix is becoming somewhat of an understated star. Yeah, he's a big name, but he doesn't seem to demand the kind of attention as other celebrity DJs. He's even said he's still producing for other artists.
When Garrix was born (1995), Usher was a young artist himself, having just come off his debut album that Entertainment Weekly gave a C-. He would skyrocket from there releasing his second album at only 18 years-old. We don't need to tell you Garrix has had just as much, if not far more, success so far in his career - and that says quite a bit.
This will be a big track this season by name(s) alone, but the production value and sharp vocals will give it a significant lasting effect. "Don't Look Down" is available now on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Oh how music has changed...