Earlier this year, Usher linked with Diplo to make "Climax," a pretty amazing heartbroken R&B track with masterful Dance-music flourishes and an excellently subtle string arrangement from Indie-Classical wunderkind, Nico Muhly. It's an early contender for Single of The Year (2012) and a fine reminder that, no matter what you may think of Usher and/or Diplo, they are both extremely good @ driving their respective lanes. The new "Climax" video is a bit of fairly typical R&B-video melodrama, all about Usher contemplating the different tragic paths he and his ladyfriend could take, but it's a nice excuse to enjoy the song again. Watch it below... Usher hasn't announced a new album yet or anything, but the "Climax" single is @ iTunes now.
- Tom Breihan (Stereogum)