15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

They may have been concocted in a Dumfries bedroom, but the sparky electro-bangers on Calvin Harris’ debut pack a blockbuster scope. Not that the former Adam Wiles isn’t adept at undercutting the bombast of his bubbling funkscapes. From the robotic squelch on “Merrymaking At My Place” to the lustful absurdism of floor-crowding monster “The Girls”, I Created Disco is modern dance shot through with a welcome DIY spirit and bags of Scottish wit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

They may have been concocted in a Dumfries bedroom, but the sparky electro-bangers on Calvin Harris’ debut pack a blockbuster scope. Not that the former Adam Wiles isn’t adept at undercutting the bombast of his bubbling funkscapes. From the robotic squelch on “Merrymaking At My Place” to the lustful absurdism of floor-crowding monster “The Girls”, I Created Disco is modern dance shot through with a welcome DIY spirit and bags of Scottish wit.

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About Calvin Harris

Talk about an unexpected career trajectory. In 2007, 23-year-old Calvin Harris released I Created Disco, a cheeky shot across dance music’s bow that presented him as Scotland’s brow-arched answer to LCD Soundsystem. Fast-forward a few years, and the scruffy fellow playing house-party host in the “Merrymaking at My Place” video is suddenly baring oil-slicked abs on Calvin Klein billboards. What happened, of course, is that Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles in 1984) traded up from the Amiga computer of his teens, developed some of the best studio chops in the business with deep-house rollers like 2013's “Thinking About You,” and helped spark EDM’s pop crossover with hits for Rihanna, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, and others. Along the way, he became one of the 2010s’ first DJ/producer/songwriter polymaths to earn top billing even on the songs in which he didn’t sing. No stranger to pyro-lit main stages—his percussive, synth-strafed 2014 single “C.U.B.A.” is big-room house at its most gargantuan—Harris has resisted getting boxed into any one sound. On 2017’s Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, he lays down a set of slinky R&B jams for Frank Ocean, Migos, and Young Thug, while the 2018 singles “Promises,” with Sam Smith, and “One Kiss,” with Dua Lipa, proved just how versatile his vision of pop can be.

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