Earlier this week Calvin Harris previewed his new track ‘Summer’ on Instagram, much to the delight of MP! and the general online community. Now it’s out in full – hurrah! – so lets see if it lives up to its title and earns a place in our summertime playlist.
We’ll be honest: we were a bit worried that the superstar DJ had fallen so far down the EDM hole that there was no coming back, but ‘Summer’ takes all the best bits of EDM Calvin and mixes them with old school disco Calvin to great effect. The bittersweet verses chug along with lots of twinkly synths and plinky piano riffs before Calvin hits us with the obligatory rave-chorus-instead-of-a-real-chorus chorus. It’s also nice to hear Mr Harris on vocal duties again, sweetly crooning about meeting someone in the summer and falling in love “when the leaves turn brown”.
All in all, we reckon ‘Summer’ will definitely please the hardcore EDM fans but it’s got just the right amount of pop sensibility to remind us that at heart, Calvin is still a solid gold pop star. Well done, sir.