8 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Calvin Harris made a dramatic pivot between 2007's I Created Disco and 2009's Ready for the Weekend. Whereas the former was cheeky analog dance-punk, the latter sowed the seeds for Harris' quick rise to EDM superstardom, with "I'm Not Alone" a case in point. Sleek and earnest, the track couches Harris' casual singing style in glittering arpeggios and towering synths, and its slate of remixers here attests to the Scotsman's ascension: Tiësto renders the tune as icy trance, his signature style circa 2009, while then-newbie Deadmau5 sprinkles his spindly synths and concussive kick drums throughout. The remaining remixes are good fun, but none so much as Brit producer Hervé's dub version: a slowed-down take that works surprisingly well with Harris' playful coo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Calvin Harris made a dramatic pivot between 2007's I Created Disco and 2009's Ready for the Weekend. Whereas the former was cheeky analog dance-punk, the latter sowed the seeds for Harris' quick rise to EDM superstardom, with "I'm Not Alone" a case in point. Sleek and earnest, the track couches Harris' casual singing style in glittering arpeggios and towering synths, and its slate of remixers here attests to the Scotsman's ascension: Tiësto renders the tune as icy trance, his signature style circa 2009, while then-newbie Deadmau5 sprinkles his spindly synths and concussive kick drums throughout. The remaining remixes are good fun, but none so much as Brit producer Hervé's dub version: a slowed-down take that works surprisingly well with Harris' playful coo.

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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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