Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

"Calvin Harris"

Feb 01, 2019

Calvin Harris Gives The People What They Want On Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes / 4 mins read

From his early days as a one of the first mainstream DJs that the underground scene actually cared about championing to being the powerhouse he is today, Calvin Harris has always managed to deliver nothing but solid gold records on an almost-yearly basis, consistently satisfying the general audience whilst staying true to his roots for the most-part. Sadly, he seemed to have lost his way somewhere along the line, dipping into the ever-so-trendy trap of Tropical House music in the mid-teens & using celebrity cameos – as well as one-time lady-friend Ellie Goulding – as a crutch to hold himself upon rather than letting the beats themselves do the talking – Although it’s still not quite correct, he looks to have done some heavy thinking on all this criticism, releasing Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 & with it a whole new world of sonic brilliance you’d be a fool not to enjoy.

A Throwback To The Good Ol’ Days

First & foremost, Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 cures what has been – at least in my mind – one of the biggest problems plaguing the modern Dance music industry for nearly 5 years now: A lack of danceability – It’d be idiotic for the actual name of a genre to be completely missing from a style of music, but that’s exactly what had happened from 2014 to 2017, with Future Bass, Trap & eighties-inspired Synth Pop ballads taking the industry by storm, rendering the entire Electronic scene too soft & chill to even get your groove on to. Instead of keeping that nonsense going, Calvin Harris turns up the intensity & delivers bold dance beats in songs like “Slide” & the delightfully funky “Cash Out,” although rather than returning to tired old trends from the noughties he dives deep into his bag of tricks to completely recreate the whimsical charms of the Nu Disco & Dance Funk compositions from the late-eighties & early-nineties – It was finally safe to hit the dancefloor again, knowing you’d actually get to move your body

Just When I Thought I Was Out…They Pull Me Back In

Unfortunately, once you’ve become a part of the popular-music coven, there’s no getting out, the sins you’ve committed in the corporate machine forever tainting everything you do afterward – While Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 certainly has more than a handful of top-notch performances, Calvin Harris still doesn’t know how to tie his shoes, tripping on underwhelming song structures & tired-ass industry tropes time & time again; He continues to cater to the Alternative R&B realms with tracks like “Prayers Up,” keeps the spirit of Reggae Fusion going on “Skrt On Me” despite it needing to die a fiery death & yet-again turns to celebrity presence to sell his music, releasing lackluster mixes like “Feels” regardless of how ill-equipped Katy Perry was to helm a song with that much filthy funk in it – Seriously, every single song has at least one celebrity feature on it, without which you’re actually just left with a bunch of fairly basic background tunes you’d find in a game like Katamari Damacy.

Barely Keeping The Ship Afloat

Despite betraying the listener’s trust on various occasions throughout Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, Calvin Harris miraculously keeps a firm grip on the situation, benefitting from a slight change in tonal direction & keeping audiences engaged by putting their minds at ease with his danceable – even skateable – arrangements. The Electronic industry as a whole seemed to be paying attention to its fans for once, what with other industry leaders like Steve Aoki & even David Guetta taking a trip down memory lane back to the early days of Diva House & he had now positioned himself to take the reigns into the future with his head held high – It’s yet to be seen if Calvin Harris will continue to innovate as we head into 2019, but if this record & the Dua Lipa banger “One Kiss” are any indication, he’s at least considering our feelings this time around.