16 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Calvin Harris is always ready for the weekend. Not only a purveyor of massive beats (and equally massive dance club hits), Harris spreads the love, producing and writing for other artists like Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. With this, his sophomore studio album, scooting to the top of the U.K. album charts and sending at least four singles to the U.K. charts as well (the standouts being the giddy title track and the monstrous “I’m Not Alone”), Ready for the Weekend is well poised to buy the artist another summer home in ... well, wherever he wants. What about the rest of the album, you ask? If glossy, synth-driven dance music is your thing, you won’t be at a loss here: check another single-worthy, rubber-sole track, “Stars Come Out,” or try on the funk-heavy “Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La” and “The Rain,” or the loopy and offbeat “Blue.”  A soulful rap tint on “Worst Day” (with Izza Kizza) and some chill downtime on instrumentals “Burns Night” and “5iliconeator” show Harris’ strengths as an album producer and sound architect; he’s clearly more than a dancefloor hitmaker.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Calvin Harris is always ready for the weekend. Not only a purveyor of massive beats (and equally massive dance club hits), Harris spreads the love, producing and writing for other artists like Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. With this, his sophomore studio album, scooting to the top of the U.K. album charts and sending at least four singles to the U.K. charts as well (the standouts being the giddy title track and the monstrous “I’m Not Alone”), Ready for the Weekend is well poised to buy the artist another summer home in ... well, wherever he wants. What about the rest of the album, you ask? If glossy, synth-driven dance music is your thing, you won’t be at a loss here: check another single-worthy, rubber-sole track, “Stars Come Out,” or try on the funk-heavy “Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La” and “The Rain,” or the loopy and offbeat “Blue.”  A soulful rap tint on “Worst Day” (with Izza Kizza) and some chill downtime on instrumentals “Burns Night” and “5iliconeator” show Harris’ strengths as an album producer and sound architect; he’s clearly more than a dancefloor hitmaker.

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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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