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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New Album Review - Calvin Harris - Motion

Calvin Harris has been teasing us for weeks over his new album Motion, full with a cast of superstar collaborations. However has Harris produced an album of fillers, vocal dance anthems or club bangers…

 In a word all of the above. Calvin Harris’ highly anticipated album Motion was bound to be good due to the amount of chart topping artists including Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, Big Sean, Hurts, John Newman, Firebeatz and R3hab. However the Scottish DJ has done something different than previously released LP 18 Months, he’s offered up a album of 33% commercial hits mixed with 33% EDM club banging tracks and then the 34% remaining track easily cross over both.

Let’s break it down. There are the commercial radio friendly tracks, with great lyrics and well known vocalist with catching dance beats like previously released singles, SummerUnder Control featuring Hurts, Blame featuring John Newman and other amazing pop star collaborations with Gwen Stefani in Together and returning artist Ellie Goulding on Outside which is basically the continuation of previously release single I Need You Love.

Then there are the big room EDM dance anthems, yes we said big room, with tracks ready for the festival circuit Overdrive with Ummet Ozcan, It Was You with Firebeatz, and Burnin with R3hab. Then out of nowhere there is Slow Acid, a track that certainly is meant for the hardcore clubbers, with its trippy beats and lack of vocals. And then the left-field collaboration with Big Sean in Open Wide, with it’s charging beats and big drops post Sean’s rap.

Then there is a mix of cross over tracks, like opening track Faith where Harris provides vocals and big production, Love Now featuring All About She and even the collaboration with Haim could push the boundaries in big room dance anthem, raise your hands in the air. And final album track featuring Tinashe continues to demonstrate the DJ/Producers skill of mixing commercial friendly tunes with big progressive dance beats.

Whilst a mixed album of tracks may not work for some, it does. It’s like having the best element of every dance party you have ever attended all in one album. Calvin Harris proves again he is a master DJ, producer and all round Mr cool, without having to say a single word as his album says it all.

Grab a watch of new video Open Wide feat Big Sean below and grab your copy of Motion on iTunes now. You will not be disappointed..! 

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