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Listen to Usher's Diplo-produced slow-burner 'Climax'

February 15, 2012 |  1:56 pm

Listen to Usher's Diplo-produced slow-burner 'Climax'

Usher is offering the first taste of his upcoming studio album with a new Diplo-produced single, “Climax.”

Set for official release Feb. 28, the slow-burner was leaked Tuesday, just in time for all those Valentine’s Day nightcaps. “Climax” takes us back to the earlier work from the R&B crooner, recalling the younger singer who offered up woozy bedroom jams such as “Nice and Slow” and “Slow Jam.”

While listeners have for better or worse gotten used to this marriage of R&B-meets-electro, the single (unlike recent hits “OMG," “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and "Without You") is rooted in pure soul, with Diplo employing sexy synths behind a dripping downbeat.

“Climax” was written by the singer, Redd Stylez, Ariel Rechtshaid and Diplo. His seventh studio album will be released later this spring on RCA Records.

Usher is currently enjoying a string of hit collaborations -- “Without You” by David Guetta, which hit the No. 1 spot on the pop charts, and “Promise” with Romeo Santos, which reached the No. 1 spot on the Latin charts.

Draw the curtains, light a candle and take a listen to “Climax” below.



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Photo: Usher. Credit: RCA Records