Two months ago, Usher released “Good Kisser”, the lead single from his upcoming eighth studio album (yes you read that right, EIGHTH). Now I know that I ragged on about Jane and her crazed fangirl love for Danny Harley from The Kite String Tangle last week (check out our Twitter for the recovery conversation I had with Danny), so I will happily confess that I have a thing for Usher (who doesn’t?).
Nothing Jane-crazy here (hehe), I just attended Usher’s OMG Tour with a few friends at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne a few years ago (yes we held up signs), and have been a longtime fan since “You Make Me Wanna…” in 1997 (yikes, when I was 6). Oh, and my family owns an Usher teddy bear. My mum and older sisters purchased it from his first Australian Evolution 8701 Tour around 2001-2002 (I was too young to attend apparently), and the teddy wears a white t-shirt with Usher’s name printed on it, as well as a picture of him topless (???).
“Good Kisser” is all about kissing, as you can imagine. However, with lyrics like “Got lipstick on my leg”, critics suggest that it may be a sneaky innuendo about oral sex. The song is urban R&B and makes powerful use of percussion, with salsa drums, handclaps, and cowbells. There’s much to love about this song. Usher’s incredible vocal range isn’t hidden under layers of studio mixing, and the song sounds fresh and modern, while retaining Usher’s old-school R&B vibe.
And then magic happened when Disclosure released a remix of the song on their Soundcloud a little over a week ago. In Disclosure’s signature style, the remix layers percussion samples slowly, playing up the handclaps, and injecting the original with some synth and electronic production, giving the song a bit of a disco spin. Disclosure rarely get it wrong, and this dance remix is one we can definitely see circulating da club scene.
I’m not going to compare the two because I think they’re both pretty darn good in their own right, but I will admit that Disclosure’s version encouraged me to get up and have a little jig in my room, more so than the original. S’all good though. Usher shows off his incredible dance moves in his music video, and drums topless. Usher loses no points.
THE BREAKDOWN: Usher (see Disclosure here)
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Upcoming album: Little to no details have been released, but Usher stated in a FADER interview that “It’s gonna be freaking out of here.” !!! “Space and sky, that’s what it’ll be. You look up, and it’s everything you can imagine.” Expectations are high!
Sounds like: Diddy, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo
Say what? After Usher’s father died from a heart attack in January 2008, Usher became a vegetarian. Several years later, he adopted a vegan diet for health reasons.
Ciao ciao, Arianna