- Perfect for the summer
- A variety of upbeat and chilled out songs
- Easy listening
- No huge surprises
- Lack of originality
The delay has been five hours, the duty-free bargains were certainly not bargains, and your big toe is throbbing from the seventeen suitcases that wheeled over your flip-flops during the mad dash to the departure gates. So far, not so good. Whilst wedged between your friends in the centre seat, already squabbling about who forgot the travel adaptors, you watch the Great British drizzle steadily trickle down the cabin’s windows. As the toddler behind incessantly boots the back of your chair, you pray it’ll be better once you arrive.
Desperately scrolling through Spotify, searching for a playlist that will help you survive this frightful flight, an image of a quaint, golden orange beach fills your screen. It’s soothing, rolling waves instantly encourage a sigh of relief. Already you know that Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is going to be the soundtrack to your perfect summer holiday.
Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 does exactly what it says on the tin. His latest record is bound to fill you to the brim with fun, yet chilled, holiday vibes. It has tracks to suit every moment spent during your summer.
For those warm, wound down evenings spent laughing with friends, lazing around under the stars with a beer or two, there are tracks like Faking It and Hard to Love. The vocals are impeccable, but the mellow melodies make them the perfect tunes to linger underneath hushed chatters and create an utterly chilled vibe.
Clusters of the more upbeat songs on the album were made to be blasted from your car radio. With the volume all the way up, and the windows all the way down, tracks like Heatstroke, Feels, and Slide will guarantee you’re shimmying in your seatbelt and trying to hit those Ariana high notes.
Of course, a Calvin Harris album wouldn’t be complete without a party track or two. Prayers Up instantly stimulates the illusion of an Ibiza pool party, with the hottest weather and even hotter bikini bodies. Skrt on Me, featuring Nicki Minaj, elicits a similar sense of summer sparkle. With parts sounding just like it could feature in a colourful Caribbean carnival. It’s fruity and fun.
With a star-studded track list, featuring the likes of Pharell Williams, Katy Perry, Frank Ocean, (and both Snoop Dogg and John Legend featuring on the very same track, Holiday) Calvin has ensured that almost any song on the album could be released as a single, and instantly hit the number one chart spot. Despite the heavy reliance on mainstream music artists to cover the vocals, it’s not a gimmick. Due to their outstanding production, attention to detail, and support from some of the most popular artists of our time, every song undoubtedly deserves a spot on the album. With perfect timing for the summer time release date, Calvin clearly has a clever head on his shoulders. After a sizzling reception to Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, the anticipation for a Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 is immeasurable.