Afrojack featuring Chris Brown
"As Your Friend" (4:03)
PRODUCERS: Afrojack, Leroy Styles, DJ Buddha, Polow Da Don
Label: Wall Recordings
Afrojack has been crafting hits for superstar artists (Pitbull's "Give Me Everything") and producing one-off singles as a lead act (the Eva Simons collaboration "Take Over Control") since 2006, but now, the Dutch EDM staple is out for top 40 ubiquity. For the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, Afrojack announces his ambitions as a producer-turned-household name by dropping a contorting house beat and letting Chris Brown lament his inhabitation of the friend zone. As this oddly triumphant banger progresses, the production assumes a mind of its own, with berserk synth lines twisting upon themselves as Brown's voice fades into the background. Despite the other credits attached to the track, "As Your Friend" sounds like Afrojack's brainchild, and holds true to the spastic sound he's been honing for years. David Guetta and Calvin Harris have found success as top-billed artists. Afrojack appears ready to join the club.