Calvin Harris has given us several warnings that we might end up liking him. After all, he and Rihanna birthed two of my favorite treadmill jams: “We Found Love” and “This is What You Came For.” I’ve started to fancy him a lamestream version of Diplo, but a solid one at that. When I pressed “play” on his new album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, I found myself instantly delighted. This album is like a little pink clown car packed with songs of the summer.
There’s a witchy cohesiveness to this variety pack of songs, and I can’t figure out what it is. I love that.
You Should Listen If
You take no shame in listening to Spotify’s Teen Party playlist every weekend.
“Feels,” featuring Katy Perry and Pharrell, is like if a piña colada became a song. Katy Perry is trying a little too hard to sound like Gwen Stefani, but that’s the best thing she’s done all year.
Other standout tracks: “Slide” (ft. Frank Ocean and Migos), “Faking It” (ft. Kehlani and Lil’ Yachty), “Rollin’” (ft. Future and Khalid)
The song I’m most likely to skip is “Skrt on Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj. To be fair, that’s mostly because I thought they were saying something other than “Skrt on Me.” 😮 I also don’t like the line, “Bringin’ the blunt / Emily Blunt.”
A technicolor Taylor Swift revenge fantasy.
8/10. If you hate this album, you hate fun.