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Changing Britney’s sound is just another big move for Burns

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Burns recently co-wrote and produced Britney Spears’ new “Make Me” track.

Thirty-year-old producer Matthew James Burns might be best known for starting to create his own tracks at age 15; or how quickly he climbed the DJ ranks to grab opening set gigs for Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris; or for his massive remixes of beloved songs like Empire of the Sun’s “We Are the People” and Harris and John Newman’s smash “Blame”; or for his own electronic hits “About U” and “Make It Clap.”

But Burns is continuously creating something new to distinguish himself. As Vegas club regulars have noticed, his opening sets have given way to headlining gigs at Omnia and, in September, Jewel. The Stafford, England, native’s next single—the aptly named “Wave,” stocked with undulating rhythms—arrives on August 12.

The new Britney Spears surprise “Make Me,” featuring so-hot-right-now rapper G-Eazy, could help Burns break even bigger. He co-wrote and produced the track, a slinky little thing with a twinkling echo of a chorus and loads of buttery Britney vocals. It takes the iconic pop star in new sonic directions, a hint of dubstep teasing that more reinvigorated music might be coming from Spears’ next project.

For Burns, fresh from his rousing set at Lollapalooza, “Make Me” might be a game-changer ... until he does something else. Burns at Omnia at Caesars Palace, August 9.

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