Calvin Harris's New Single Displays New Angle of Hit Maker's Ability

            If the weekend could be identified by a specific style of sound, that style would be Calvin Harris, the Scottish DJ having proved his knack for channeling the carefree vibe of the weekend via each flawless track produced, with 2014 hit, “Summer” materializing as a prime initial example, and 2016 single, “My Way,” an effortless continuation.

            Mere days ago, Harris took to Twitter to announce forthcoming “joyous music” in a frenzy of repetitive exclamation marks, no doubt a denotation of Harris’s enthusiasm to release the “joyous” track in reference, “Slide.” A triple threat with regard to artistic talent, “Slide” implements the talents of “Thinkin’ Bout You” producer, Frank Ocean, and hip hop tastemakers, Migos. Ocean and Migos may surface as names perhaps unexpectedly associated with Harris’s, given Harris’s affiliation with dance music, and Ocean and Migos’s deeply engrained involvement with the stylistics of modern hip hop, yet the unlikely combination makes for a track unlike anything released as of late, “Slide” possessive of a distinctly individual feel.

            Harris temporarily shelves his signature explosive drops—evidenced by “This is What You Came For” and “Blame”—for a comparatively laid back progression of sound the develops in a relaxed quality as Ocean’s smooth vocals unfold at the song’s onset. An accordingly tempered side of Migos is exhibited thereafter, a welcome diversion from the intensity demonstrated by the three-part hip hop entity on the infectious track storming the charts, “Bad and Boujee.”

            Much in the manner of “Bad and Boujee,” “Slide” too is expected to do right by its name, to “slide” down the charts to claim elite standing status.

Major Lazer Just Completely Switched Up The Sound of an Ed Sheeran Classic

           If the track is Major Lazer branded, chances are it’s worth a play, as confirmed by the trio’s most recent single with Nicki Minaj and PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Run Up,” and again affirmed by the group’s fresh new take on what is now an Ed Sheeran classic, “Shape Of You.”

            Major Lazer’s reworking of the radio hit aligns itself among another remix of the popular song engineered by “No Money” producers, Galantis. The Galantis version of “Shape Of You,” as described in a previous article on our website, rests well within Galantis’s wheelhouse, rife with a noticeably bouncier beat characteristic of Galantis’s auditory aesthetic, whereas the Major Lazer spin on the original assumes the tropical sound for which the group is known.

            The Lazer remix notably weaves the vocals of Nyla and Kranium into the track, vocals implemented for their distinct, edgy island elements, yet vocals that correspondingly contrast with the traditional melodic quality of Sheeran’s on the original. In a musical setting, opposites attract, where seemingly clashing vocal styles merge to form an approach to “Shape Of You” that is perhaps unexpectedly pleasing not merely on account of its vocal innovation, but on account of its bass elements, tastefully infused throughout the track.

            As always, we love the “shape” of Major Lazer’s sound.

ZHU Officially Releases His "Bad & Boujee" Remix, Marks 1st Release Since GENERATIONWHY

            The moniker of the Georgia based hip hop trio that has in recent weeks become a household name, “Migos” has of late dominated charts via their release of “Bad and Boujee,” a captivating track that has attracted countless streams, and not surprisingly, several remixes that play most prominently on the single’s key lyrical moments “raindrop, droptop,” and “thot thot.”

            ZHU now adds his name to the list of artists that have engineered their own take on the viral track. Made distinctly ZHU by an improvised lyrical add in, and complemented by sultry, toned percussive elements, ZHU pairs his own crisp, unmistakable vocals to the remix, slowed down from its initial hip hop/trap-esque speed to a contemplative—albeit bass infused—take on the Migos original. Released only two hours ago on SoundCloud, the Bad and Boujee remix marks ZHU’s first formal release since his 2016 debut album, GENERATIONWHY, a hopeful premonition that more new ZHU music may be to come in 2017.

            The remix garnered the attention of the Internet earlier in the week after a video of the remix, previewed at LA’s Air + Style festival this past weekend, surfaced on YouTube. Those who sampled the remix on YouTube wondered if ZHU would officially release the artistic remix have had their question answered in a shorter time frame than perhaps expected.