Since releasing Looking 4 Myself back in 2012, Usher has shifted his attention toward television by serving as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Any musical endeavors, though brief, have been centered around collaborations, including the Diplo-produced “Go Missin” (the sequel to “Climax”), an unlikely team-up with The Afghan Whigs, and a snappy remix of Rocko’s well-traveled “U.O.E.N.O.” single. Today, Usher at last relaunches his solo career with the release of “Good Kisser”, the first track from his upcoming eighth studio album.
After experimenting with bits of electronic and dubstep with Looking 4 Myself, Usher returns to a more straight-forward blend and R&B, soul, and funk. Here, a sensuous, sturdy bassline is layered over salsa drums for a groove that’s a bit retro without sounding like a total throwback. Lyrically, Usher presents a love song that tows the line between ’60s pop innocence and slightly naughtier, early ’90s R&B fare a la Bell Biv DeVoe. Listen in below, or purchase via iTunes.
Usher’s as-yet-untitled album is due out later this year via RCA. In an interview with MTV last year, he described the album as “everything you can imagine”, adding, that it’s “gonna be freaking out of here”. Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger later told Rap-Up that Usher was working with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Brian Alexander Morgan and that the album would be “more R&B, more urban” than Looking 4 Myself.
Update: Watch the corresponding video below.