March 17, 2015


Martin Garrix Enlists Usher for Summery New Single "Don't Look Down"

EDM prodigy Martin Garrix broke out with his big-room banger "Animals" in 2013. The Dutch DJ hasn't been able to land a proper follow-up smash, but his new collabo with Usher sounds extremely promising with potential to blow past his breakout hit.

"Don't Look Down" opens with euphoric guitars and synths—not unlike recent Avicii tracks—that back Ush's croons about being in the moment of love: "Do you feel the lightning inside of you? / Will you follow through if I fall you? / Don't look down / Up this high we'll never hit the ground."

A blissful beat drop follows with for a dance breakdown we imagine we'll be hearing blasting through radios all summer long. Remember how we heard Calvin Harris"Summer" all throughout the season last year? This has that same feel-good, carefree feel of "Summer"—there's nothing to think about here except dancing.

"Don't look Down" also marks Usher's return to the dancefloor. Usher's been on an R&B kick lately with smooth singles like "She Came to Give It to You" and "I Don't Mind" (the latter of which is No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100) so it's fun to hear him back in the electronic game. It's been nearly four years since we heard Usher on belt over David Guetta's emotional dance track "Without You."

"Don't Look Down" feels like a sure-fire hit for Garrix, who's at risk to fade into EDM obscurity if he can't produce a proper hit soon. With Usher on the up again with "I Don't Mind" (past released like "Good Kisser" were major disappointments sonically and on the charts), this sounds like the dance hit of the summer already...even if we're technically still in winter.