Earlier this year, Burna Boy and producer, Juls gave us the first taste of an unmistakable sonic synergy on “Rock Your Body”, our best new music from May. In a way, this already pre-wires expectation for “Gwarn”, their latest collaboration, but there was no way to anticipate the track’s edgy smoothness or Burna Boy’s uber laidback sub-woofer delivery. Juls has always favoured the use of acoustics from his days with Mr Eazi, the sleekness of “Gwarn”, however, is in a lightness of touch, a deft skill the producer weaves along with Burna Boy’s melody chord-for-chord. With Burna on verse and hook and low drums to set the mood, the sensual central focus of “Gwarn” is decidedly preset. The rest of the track sails like a boat on the Nile, peaking at a guitar solo outro that feels like 4 AM in the morning. “Gwarn” tips into the same collection of Burna Boy’s bedroom music catalog, bearing mark of all the nuances fans have come to love of his under covers Afro-fusion blues.
Stream “Gwarn” via Apple Music below
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