The last time Calvin and Rihanna hooked up it resulted in one of the most explosive, euphoric pieces of pop gold of the last decade, so anticipation was sky high when it was announced that the pair had gone into the studio to record a follow up. To quote the new song, ‘This Is What You Came For’, “lightning strikes every time she moves”, but can lightning truly strike in the same place twice?
The answer is most definitely yes, but the brilliance of ‘This is What You Came For’ doesn’t have much in common with that of ‘We Found Love’. It shares the same DNA as Calvin’s 2015 summer smash ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ in the sense that it draws heavily on deep house and tropical elements rather than pure euphoric EDM and Calvin recycles the same ‘ooh’ hook, which made ‘How Deep’ so infectious.
This is all probably a sensible decision on Calvin’s part. ‘This Is What You Came For’ is an extremely appropriately titled song in that it is exactly what the charts beg for at the minute. Pop fans have gotten over the ‘big drop’ trend found in tunes like ‘We Found Love’ and, in the post-‘What Do You Mean?’ world, a smoother, more chilled out beat is what everyone came for. And Rihanna knows it.
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