enters the Billboard chart this week at #5
Spotify online listen
3.0 of 5.0 from allmusic
4th studio album
I feel like a freaking robot after an hour of that
disco mutates and raises it's horrid head
seriously! how many times can they do that speeding up the beat thing?
just not a fan of EDM but I try
featured artist on 12 tracks
Calvin tweaks the knobs
artist website - http://www.calvinharris.co.uk/gb/home
Bio - from allmusic
Dance producer Calvin Harris went from posting his music online to producing material for Rihanna and selling millions under his own name within
a few years. A talented remixer and DJ as well, he has won Grammys and MTV VMA awards, broke Michael Jackson's record for the most U.K. Top Ten
singles from one album, and was named Forbes' highest earning DJ in 2013.
Born on January 17, 1984, in the southern Scotland city of Dumfries, Harris was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was
recording bedroom demos by 1999. Two of these songs, "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days," were released as a 12" club single and CD-EP by the Prima
Facie label in early 2002 under the artist name Stouffer. With that single to his credit, the still teenaged Harris moved from Scotland to
London, but as a very small fish in one of the world's largest and most competitive ponds, Harris floundered; only one of his songs was released
during his time in London, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.
Returning home to Dumfries, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page. An A&R representative from EMI liked what he
heard and signed Harris to the label in 2006. Following a pair of successful singles, Harris released his debut album, I Created Disco, in the
summer of 2007. It featured two Top Ten hits ("Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls"), and climbed high in the album charts. Along with his
work as a solo artist, including touring in front of a full live band, Harris quickly became an in-demand remixer -- working on singles by
Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, All Saints, and CSS. He also wrote and produced songs for Kylie Minogue's 2007 comeback album, and collaborated with
Dizzee Rascal on "Dance wiv Me," which reached number one in the U.K.
"I'm Not Alone," the first single from his second album, also hit number one upon release in April 2009, as did the album when it appeared that
August. That album, Ready for the Weekend, topped the U.K. albums chart and peaked at number 12 on Billboard's U.S. dance/electronic chart.
Through 2011, Harris took on production work for Example, Tinchy Stryder, and Rihanna ("We Found Love," a quadruple-platinum hit in the U.S.),
while he also issued two more of his own singles (the Kelis collaboration "Bounce" and "Feel So Close"). Harris' third solo album, 18 Months,
was a collaboration-filled affair that featured "We Found Love" and "Bounce," plus vocal spots from Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, and Ne-Yo,
among others. It was released in October 2012, hit number one on the U.K. albums chart, and reached number 19 in the U.S. Nine singles from the
album went Top Ten in the U.K. -- an astonishing feat. The following May, his songwriting was acknowledged when he was given the top Ivor
Novello award. Forbes reported that he was the highest-earning DJ of 2013; according to the publication, he made 46 million U.S. dollars -- 14
million more than runner-up TiŽsto. Harris continued to roll and released "Summer," the lead single for his fourth album, in March 2014.
Collaborations with John Newman, Big Sean, and Hurts preceded the release of Motion that November.
Album Review - from allmusic
Calvin Harris became one of EDM-pop's most successful architects with 18 Months, which fused the dance style's drops and fizzy highs with
radio-friendly hooks. He doubles down on that approach on Motion, which features even more stylized songs and cameos from A-list singers.
However, the album's finest moment belongs to Harris alone: on the former hit single "Summer," he uses EDM's dramatic peaks and valleys to
convey the fleeting high of a summer fling, while the craggy warmth of his voice -- the last remnant of his more idiosyncratic electro-indie
days -- adds some much-needed humanity and personality. Elsewhere, Motion lives and dies on the strength of Harris' collaborators. As on 18
Months, which was anchored by mega-hit partnerships with Rihanna ("We Found Love") and Ellie Goulding ("I Need Your Love"), many of this album's
highlights feature female vocalists. Harris' reunion with Goulding, "Outside," doesn't quite recapture the magic of their previous work but does
make the most of her deceptively powerful soprano, this time in a more upbeat setting. Likewise, "Pray to God" showcases HAIM's fetish for
mainstream '80s sounds, channeling Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" with its lavish harmonies, chugging guitars, and sizzling hi-hats, while
"Together" dresses Gwen Stefani's playful, confident pop in EDM drag. Moments like these prove that Harris' formula doesn't have to be
formulaic, but unfortunately they're few and far between. Despite, or perhaps because of, the many personalities involved, the album feels more
than a little faceless. John Newman even sounds a little like a more bombastic version of Harris on "Blame," while "Open Wide" capitalizes on
Big Sean's put-upon lothario persona but ultimately fizzles. Motion's instrumentals also suggest that Harris' machine might be a little too
well-oiled; tracks such as "Overdrive" and "Burnin'" are so quintessentially EDM that they're almost parodic. At best, they sound like they're
waiting for vocals to complete them, and at worst, their buildups and breakdowns are so predictable listeners could set their watches to them.
Despite a few bright moments, Motion is disappointingly bland -- especially since Harris has made plenty of memorable electro-pop before and
after his EDM makeover.
the only non dance track on the album:
2. Under Control
4. Love Now
5. Slow Acid
7. It Was You
11. Pray To God
12. Open Wide
15. Dollar Signs