Mahalia & Burna Boy Team Up for Summer Anthem, Simmer
Evan Dale // July 4, 2019
In a show of range from each, explosive stars on the rise, Mahalia and Burna Boy team up for an anthemic Summer jam, Simmer inspired in instrumentation by Burna Boy’s key positioning in the West African Cultural Renaissance and Mahalia’s knack to adjust and dominate any collaboration she dives into. The result is a track that is more energetic and experimental than Mahalia’s neo-soul signature due to the Nigerian nuances, and more subdued and romantically-driven than Burna Boy’s usual aesthetic in accordance with Mahalia’s R&B sensitivities. It’s an unexpected duo delivering a warm-weather anthem that bubbles over with emotion and desire, peaking as a sure pop hit from two artists who tend to hover near the experimental edges of music’s future.
And it’s a statement that neither Mahalia or Burna Boy are short of range, able to flow and create in and out of their transcendent lanes. Simmer should make its way onto every mid-Summer playlist.