It’s been four years since Usher was last featured on a dance record. After two chart-topping collaborations with David Guetta and Martin Garrix, also four years apart, he just dropped a tune with South African DJ/producer Black Coffee, “LaLaLa.”
“LaLaLa” isn’t your typical house song, playing more toward Black Coffee’s South African musical origins and combining with Usher’s R&B sensibilities. The result is a smooth, sultry tune that’s less for the nightclub and more for the jazz club.
This isn’t the first time the two have collaborated, either. They first teamed up on stage last year at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 concert at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. They performed special mash-up of Black Coffee’s “We Dance Again” and Usher’s “Without You.”
“[Usher] is one of the coolest people that I have ever met, that’s where it starts for me. I love to work with cool people. I think I consciously choose to work with cool people,” Black Coffee said.
“We got into the car and we went to Pretoria. I was playing in a club on a rooftop and people couldn’t believe he was there. That’s how cool he is and we have been in touch. We want to work on other [things] together. It wasn’t hard to create with him.”