David Guetta’s “Dangerous,” the first single from the 46-year-old’s upcoming sixth studio album Listen, hints at a relatively new direction for the DJ. Featuring Sam Martin, who also provided vocals for Guetta’s “Lovers On The Sun,” “Dangerous” feels both current and futuristic at the same time, combining retro synth, orchestral instruments and heavy electro beats.


David Guetta ft Sam Martin

After an ominously twinkling piano intro, the build-up of instruments and sounds is difficult to keep track of but somehow all comes together to form a unique backing for Martin’s epic vocals. It’s hard not to think that Guetta took a page from Daft Punk’s book here — the throwback funk-inspired beat (especially leading up to the bridge) shares a clear similarity with some tracks off of their successful Random Access Memories — but he’s given it a grittier vibe.

Let’s think of “Dangerous” as the edgier, bad-ass, younger brother of “Get Lucky.” Though maybe a bit too off-beat to be a Top 40 homerun, “Dangerous” is a creative triumph for Guetta and hints that his music feels fresh for the first time since he released “Titanium.”

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