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Max Mazzim effortlessly exudes sex appeal which is at the forefront of the track. “Stranger” was clearly intended to showcase Mazzim abilities as a fully developed artist, which it does admirably.

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Moreover, there’s an emotional maturity that’s palpable across this track, as Max Mazzim puts our emotional sensibilities into perspective: romance, like human life, is transient and ephemeral, it needs to be constantly fed to survive and thrive. This is incisive songwriting – all whilst retaining pop-inspired sensibilities. It is this sensibility that underpins the success of “Stranger” ft. Boogiie Byrd.

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