Austin Mahone earned the biggest hit of his career with "Mmm Yeah," the Pitbull-featuring dance track that sampled Lidell Townsell's 1992 rap-dance hit "Nu Nu." For his latest single, the rising pop star continues the throwback sound, but this time looking towards '60s funk instead of '90s dance.
"Dirty Work" sees Austin bringing brassy horns and funky guitar lines over a bouncy electronic beat. At times the guitars sound a bit like the ones in Michael Jackson's "Black or White," while the beat is modern-day sexy, making it appeal to everyone from the hardcore Mahomies to MJ fans (a.k.a. every human on the planet).
Listen to the new track that just made its premiere on radio today:
"Dirty Work" is said to be the lead single from Mahone's debut album. If that sounds crazy, remember that even though the dude's been releasing music since 2012, he has yet to put out a full-length record and has instead opted for two EPs (including last year's The Secret, which hit the Top 5 on the Billboard 200) and one-off singles.
This slightly throwback, slightly modern sound indicates a strong direction for Austin to follow in as he continues to prove his place in the industry past being a Justin Bieber wannabe. We think the classic-music touches fit him great.