On his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1, Calvin Harris produced an incredible collection of songs for the summer. With a phenomenal group of features, this album will be an instant summer classic.
Before he released the entire album, Harris put out three tracks from the album as teasers: “Rollin,” “Slide,” and “Feels”—simple titles for simple songs. Each of the songs has a great beat that is perfect for driving around with the windows down. They have a funky/groovy element to them, which is an apparent theme throughout the whole album, especially with “Cash Out” featuring ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and D.R.A.M. This one has a very funky yet chill feel to it. You can bop to it or you can relax to it, depending on what you’re in the mood for.
However, if you’re in the mood to chill, then “Hard to Love” is the song for you. It’s the only slower song on the album but it delivers. Jessie Reyez kills it on the vocals and the song has a very vibey feel to it.
“Faking it” is another somewhat slow song but it picks up during the chorus. Kehlani hits her vocals very well and Lil Yachty comes in for a fun verse which makes for a fun song with a unique beat.
The album all together is great, but there were a couple weak points. “Skrt on Me” with Nicki Minaj is a weird song that doesn’t really fit into the album. The beat isn’t bad but the vocals are very auto-tuned and bland. There isn’t much excitement in the song.
“Heatstroke” is another semi-weak point. It’s a decent song and the features are good but the other songs are easily better. It would definitely be the song that always gets skipped, but actually isn’t so bad.
Calvin Harris definitely delivered on this album and we will be listening to it all summer long!
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