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Calvin Harris – 18 Months

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18 Months

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He’s a busy boy is Monkey Harris. He’s also something of a hit-making wonder machine as between him and fellow beatmaker David Guetta, the due are probably the modern-day equivalent of the famous Stock, Aitken and Waterman music factory. Harris and Guetta make records that seemingly appeal to anyone and everyone – the last time that happened The Bee Gees were famous, and popular.

Like his recent singles, Harris’ music is all over the place – a smorgasbord of variety that by and large hits the mark. Included on 18 Months  are his trademark hits from the past year or so: the commercial gold We Found Love, featuring Rihanna, Bounce  (with Kelis), Sweet Nothing (with the ever impressive and versatile Florence Welch from Florence & The Machine) and Drinking From The Bottle, an underrated track that features UK rapper Tinie Tempah in fine from. We’ll Be Coming Back (featuring Example) appears and I Need Your Love (featuring Ellie Goulding) is a gem of a track destined to smash dancefloors and be hammered by the likes of Nova and Fox.

There’s no doubt that harris is a talented fellow. He’s savvy in collaborating with the right people at the right time and although 18 Months isn’t structured in any particular way, it’s pure enjoyment and a collection of wicked, expectantly crafted yet relatively simple electronic music tracks. Harris is adaptable, flexible and probably doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves compared to say, Guetta. Yet on this evidence he should.

And in typical Harris style, most of the choruses are so damn catchy you’ll be grooving and moving whether you like it or not.

Source: The Drum Media magazine 

Writer:  Stuart Evans 

Calvin Harris & More at Marquee Sydney!!

Hot on the heels of the news that Dirty South is coming home to bring in the New Year at Marquee Sydney, the club has announced more big-name acts. This time, it’s all happening around Stereosonic, with four of the festival’s headliners given a night each. Kicking things off is dance hitmaker Calvin Harris, who’ll be filling the main room on Friday 23 November, the night before he hits the Stereo mainstage. The DJ-producer has been keeping busy in recent months, and new album “18 Months” comes with guest appearances from Example, Kelis, Dillon Francis and Florence Welch.

After Stereosonic has wound up, fast-rising U.S. star Porter Robinson will be making his way to Marquee for an official afterparty. You can expect a livewire set from him. As he told inthemix, “I think a year ago I would’ve played the tracks that guaranteed me the best response possible. But I think now it’s more important to present something that’s unusual than perfect. I think it’s easy to provide a fairly-perfect DJ set, you know?”

From there, it’s the turn of Dutch big-room pro Sander van Doorn to headline a mid-week session on Wednesday 28 November. The Dutchman told Vibe at ADE that his recent career has been a whirlwind. “I just did a collaboration together with Mark Knight, and another with a dance group I can’t say too much about yet. My schedule is absolutely ridiculous right now.” Capping it all off is another Dutch big name, Chuckie, who has plenty of experience playing rooms like Marquee. That’s quite a run.

Marquee Stereosonic sideshows:

Friday 23 November – Calvin Harris [$50 on the door]
Saturday 24 November – Porter Robinson [$30 on the door or free with Stereosonic ticket stub]
Wednesday 28 November – Sander van Doorn [$30 on the door]
Friday 30 November – Chuckie [$30 on the door]