14 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Disco disappeared, didn’t it? Everyone got sick of it. Now I’m reviving it, with space goggles, or something.” So says 23-year old Scotsman Calvin Harris, who allegedly created this collection of ‘80s-styled dance numbers on an “ancient” Amiga computer in his bedroom. Ok, MySpace stories and label hype aside, this guy is a wizard and if you don’t believe us, just try to resist tracks like “The Girls” or “Acceptable in the ‘80s” with their glossy synths, crisp percussion and perfectly paced BPMs. Slow it down a tad and invite Beck and LCD to the party with “Merrymaking at My Place,” and “Vegas.”  Clever lyrics abound, complete with cheeky nods to naughty nightclubbing rituals. But you’ve been warned: you’ll be doing the bump to “Disco Heat” before you’ve had a chance to spit-polish those silver vintage platforms in the back of your closet.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Disco disappeared, didn’t it? Everyone got sick of it. Now I’m reviving it, with space goggles, or something.” So says 23-year old Scotsman Calvin Harris, who allegedly created this collection of ‘80s-styled dance numbers on an “ancient” Amiga computer in his bedroom. Ok, MySpace stories and label hype aside, this guy is a wizard and if you don’t believe us, just try to resist tracks like “The Girls” or “Acceptable in the ‘80s” with their glossy synths, crisp percussion and perfectly paced BPMs. Slow it down a tad and invite Beck and LCD to the party with “Merrymaking at My Place,” and “Vegas.”  Clever lyrics abound, complete with cheeky nods to naughty nightclubbing rituals. But you’ve been warned: you’ll be doing the bump to “Disco Heat” before you’ve had a chance to spit-polish those silver vintage platforms in the back of your closet.

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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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