4 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like its titular season, the gigantic synth hook on Calvin Harris' "Summer" is bright, epic, and over too quickly; it arguably overshadows Harris' coy vocal contribution (his first since the monster hit "Feel So Close"). Subversive as always, Diplo and Grandtheft toy with those synths on their remix, flanking them with a sinister trap beat. R3hab & Ummet split the difference, slicing a trance version of the song up with a monster sawtooth wave. Finally, twoloud extend the track with bigger crescendos, since it's widely known that EDM crescendos can never be big enough.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like its titular season, the gigantic synth hook on Calvin Harris' "Summer" is bright, epic, and over too quickly; it arguably overshadows Harris' coy vocal contribution (his first since the monster hit "Feel So Close"). Subversive as always, Diplo and Grandtheft toy with those synths on their remix, flanking them with a sinister trap beat. R3hab & Ummet split the difference, slicing a trance version of the song up with a monster sawtooth wave. Finally, twoloud extend the track with bigger crescendos, since it's widely known that EDM crescendos can never be big enough.

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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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