Calvin Harris New Album – Funky Waves

Calvin Harris Presents: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 New Album

Harris returns with his first full length album since the release of Motion in 2014.

On the 30th June 2017 Scottish DJ Calvin Harris is set to release his fifth studio album titled ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’. To many this release has come as a bit of a surprise. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Harris himself stated he would be abandoning the old-fashioned album format in favour of a new single lead strategy; one that would be more compliant with the ever-growing digital streaming age. Thus, this announcement left us all visibly stunned. Not only were we surprised because we were getting a brand new album but also after listening to the records; the lead track ‘Slide’ featuring Frank Ocean and Migos, takes a much more stylistic approach to any of the DJs previous work.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1

This time around, Harris has traded in his decks and turntables in favour of real instruments – highlighting further his accomplished musical credentials. The sound and genre of this new record is a real departure from his usual electronic-driven style. The songs that have been released off ‘Funk Wav’ thus far such as ‘Slide’, ‘Rollin’’, and ‘Feels’ all have this laidback/groove/funk feel to them. Harris combines slick, smooth bass-lines, with playful guitar rifts and intricate keyboard melodies to create a perfect summer soundtrack.

This type of genre movement is not unheard of within the DJ sphere. Take Daft Punk for example, and the route they took with their ground breaking 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’ – when they too swapped their usual, electronic heavy style for instrumental based tracks.

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Filled to the brim with high profile features that give even DJ Khaled’s new album a run for its money, Calvin tweeted that on this he worked with ‘the greatest artists of our generation’ - and he’s not wrong! The track listing is full of impressive cameos ranging from the likes of Pharrell and Frank Ocean to Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.

Calvin Harris - Feels (Official Video) ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean
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So be sure to give ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ a listen this summer. Whether you are lounging on the beach, having a BBQ with friends, or driving around town with the windows rolled down – Calvin has got you covered!

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is set to be released on the 30th of June by Columbia Records.

Article Written by Emma Adams