If you thought, waiting for a new album from Robyn has seemed like it has been taking the longest time. Perhaps I should remind you about BURNS. Considering we first wrote about him back in 2010 the producer’s debut album has been a long time coming. The Stafford, UK-born and raised and Los Angeles-based artist has continued to escalate up the ranks. Released lots of singles and left his mark on official remixes for Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea, Rihanna, and Drake. His single “Worst” and upcoming “LA Concept record” are inspired by the culture of Los Angeles translating like a mood board of the place he calls home.
There is always something new to learn about music, and I haven’t heard of track collaborator Johnny Yukon before. I was a bit fearful when checking the facts about him that he’d turn out to be a deep-southern styled country singer, as his name falsely led me to believe. I have never been so relieved to find out he’s an R’n’B-soul singer/rapper and producer who has earned songwriting credits for Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa.
(Matthew) Burns and Johnny Yukon’s team up together on “Worst” is massively banging using a more is more style of production. It brings up the bass, in fine style. Predominantly uniting touches of house, and hip-hop flavours. The track has maximum dancefloor efficiency. Expertly straddles the line between euphoria and melancholy. The style and approach to this track have given the lyrics more breathing space which in turn has made it more of a soulful R’n’B song with an electronic edge, as opposed to a dance track with a soulful voice on it. The head nodding beats of “Worst” are pleasantly enjoyable, I tend to suspect more trembling beats will be used on the upcoming album. Summing up, this track is a perfectly orchestrated masterclass in electro-R’n’B, adheres to a winning dance music formula. This electronic sound-space feels relevant in that it could also fit into the competitive urban landscape with comfortable ease.