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EDITORS’ NOTES

As he’s worked with collaborators as diverse as Dizzee Rascal and Kylie Minogue, the euphoric eclecticism of Calvin Harris’ second record makes sense. And it certainly shapes the looped mariachi of “Relax” or, say, P-Funk workout “Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La”. But the triumph of Ready for the Weekend—which has slow-flickering clarion call “I Am Not Alone” at its center—is the Scotsman’s emergence as both the architect and conduit of arena-sized pop moments.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As he’s worked with collaborators as diverse as Dizzee Rascal and Kylie Minogue, the euphoric eclecticism of Calvin Harris’ second record makes sense. And it certainly shapes the looped mariachi of “Relax” or, say, P-Funk workout “Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La”. But the triumph of Ready for the Weekend—which has slow-flickering clarion call “I Am Not Alone” at its center—is the Scotsman’s emergence as both the architect and conduit of arena-sized pop moments.

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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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