Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

I started following Calvin Harris after I heard You Used to Hold Me in 2010. Bounce and Feel So Close, which came out in 2011, were already EDM classics by 2012. Over the next few years he continued to get bigger and is now a driving force in the sound that governs pop radio. I had always pigeon holed him as an EDM only artist, however as the line blurs I now find myself reviewing his album as a hip hop release. I wish he had come around earlier, I saw him in 2016 at Coachella, however now that I think about it he did release Open Wide with Big Sean back in 2014. Based on the title and sound of Slide its pretty clear that this album is going to be full of funky summer jams, hoping that the rest of the album stacks up to the singles thus far.

  1. Slide – This song has been everywhere and for good reason, its a great song. The album version sounds a little more crisp, I love the baseline.
  2. Cash Out – This is true with all of the songs on this album but this song in particular is very funky. This is the ScHoolboy Q you didn’t know you needed, love how he sounds on an upbeat track like this. PARTYNEXTDOOR sounds great on the chorus, DRAM doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table.
  3. Heatstroke – Pharrell on the chorus with Ariana Grande, Young Thug on the verses. I always like some Young Thug but I think the chorus is where the song really shines.
  4. Rollin – I’m big into Future but I don’t think he adds much to this track. This came out a few weeks ago if I remember correctly.
  5. Prayers Up – A little bit slower than the other songs thus far. Travis kind of reminds me of 3 Wayz here. I don’t know what bird that is that’s sampled in the instrumental (Occurs at 2:53 and throughout) but I love it and it adds to the tropical vibe of the album.
  6. Holiday – Classic Snoop Dogg, John Legend and the highly coveted solo Takeoff verse. Which was… just okay. Underwhelmed by this song. 
  7. Skrt On Me – Nicki Minaj pulling out the islander style vocals over a dancehall type beat. This is a good song but might get overshadowed by the bigger radio hits on the project.
  8. Feels – I love Katy Perry on this song. The instrumental is basically a ska song (which is great), though it changes up and sounds more stripped down once Medium Sean comes in for his verse. Pharrell sounds great on this song, in addition to his earlier appearance on the album.
  9. Faking It – The song has a brief build up, Khelani sounds great on the chorus and in her verse. Lil Yachty comes in and is going strong for a while but crashes near the end of his verse rapping about putting pepperoni on his girlfriend.
  10. Hard to Love – Slow track with Jessie Reyez on vocals. It sounds nice but not really my thing.

Overall this is a great project, will definitely get a lot of radio play and be a big part of the sound this summer.

 

In addition to the Calvin Harris, Tyler finally dropped some new music today. See the music video with A$AP Rocky below.

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