Calvin Harris’s Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - What You Need To Know
He’s sworn off albums more than once, but after a turn for the funky, the all-conquering Scottish DJ returns with a brand new LP today. Here is everything you need to know about it…
A little background…
The years since he released 2014’s Motion have been pretty productive for Calvin Harris. He’s earned way in excess of $150 million dollars from his hugely successful Las Vegas residency, relentless touring and a steady stream of hits. That and a spell as the new face of Emporio Armani, as you do.
Reports actually surfaced that Harris was done with making albums altogether. He told Zane Lowe that he was focused on singles when they spoke in the summer of 2015 and then tabloid reports came out as late as the autumn of 2016 that Harris was done with format altogether.
Turns out all those reports were wrong and Harris has returned to the LP…
Who’s producing it?
Guests are there a-plenty, but the only producer is Harris himself.
Any special guests?
A great many. First up are Frank Ocean and rising hip-hop trio Migos, they lend their vocals to opener and hit single ‘Slide’. Next, on ‘Cash Out’, we’ve got rap rouble rousers PartyNextDoor, Schoolboy Q and D.R.A.M, ‘Heatstroke’ is Harris wheeling out the big guns with Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Young Thug all featuring.
Things get a bit dirtier on ‘Rollin’ with Future and Khalid lending Harris a verse, likewise with ‘Prayers Up’ which comes with added Travis Scott and A-Trak. ‘Holiday’ is a little smoother with Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Takeoff all along for the ride.
Nicki Minaj gets a track all to herself on ‘Skrt On Me, before Pharrell makes his second appearance, joining Katy Perry and Big Sean for ‘Feels’. ‘Faking It’ ropes in R&B songstress Kehlani and rapper Lil Yachty before things end with ‘Hard To Love’, which features the soon to be huge Jessie Reyez.
What does it sound like?
That album title is no misnomer, Harris has fully embraced groove and funk for this record. The hard EDM, the pace, the relentless drops, all of them have been benched. In their place come sun-kissed grooves and gentle rhythms, but the big choruses? Yeah, they’re still there.
Does it deliver?
This is something of a left-turn for Harris, a move away from the thumping EDM and bullseye choruses that have made him hundreds of millions of dollars, but he’s pulled it off. There’s no one on earth who could have pulled together a guest list like this and he’s taken full advantage.
Expect to hear these songs blasting from a lot of car stereos and from speakers on picnic blankets throughout the summer.