Swedish House Mafia has come a long way from the nightclub scene they were once exclusive to, now linking up with one of the most storied R&B artists for two brand new tracks. Axwell, Steve, and Sebastian have contributed “Numb” and “Euphoria,” to Usher’s new album, Looking 4 Myself, which also features the Diplo-produced “Climax.” We first caught wind of “Euphoria” when a YouTube video captured SHM playing the track at Future Music Festival in Australia. Perhaps a new genre – lets just call it electro-soul – the Swedes do a great job of maintaining signature production points while dumbing down their harder house style for radio-friendly tracks. Hit below the break to listen to “Numb” and “Euphoria,” pre-order Usher’s new album, and let us know what you think of the Mafia’s marquee collaborations.
Usher – Numb (Produced by Swedish House Mafia)
“Numb” is the lighter of the two productions with uplifting tones that are fitting for the R&B nature of the track. The Swedes prove versatile by bringing their progression to a pop production for an exhilarating electro-soul outcome. The vivacious beat would be more appealing to EDM fans without the singing, but the song is still enjoyable for this summer season.
Usher – Euphoria (Produced by Swedish House Mafia)
The closing track on Usher’s album maintains our favorite elements from the trio and could stand on its feet as a SHM original – even without the Usher vocal. Aptly titled, “Euphoria” is a feel-good big room production that happens to be accompanied by the vocals of a legendary singer. EDM fans alike will enjoy “Euphoria” as the Swedes proved its anthem appeal when they dropped this one at Future Music Festival.