In 2007, Calvin Harris (re)created disco. In 2009, when I was still DJing parties, I fell head first down the Internet rabbit hole looking for new music and found Harris’ “The Girls.” “I like them black girls. I like them white girls. I like them Asian girls. I like them mixed race girls… I like them skinny girls. I like them carrying a little bitty weight girls.” It was just enough Beastie Boys and just enough of a throbbing, Crobar-style beat to kick start everyone’s liquid encouragement and get the party started. Really, what kind of guy can’t relate to liking all them girls when it’s laid over that catchy bass thump? The lyrics are easy enough to remember that it would literally get stuck in people’s heads for days. But it doesn’t stop there.
The rest of the tracks on the album “I Created Disco” were also great even if they don’t resonate with me as closely as “The Girls,” but that’s the funny thing about music. Music is a landmark in life and everything isn’t going to be as memorable as that one catchy song stuck in your head for years. But I digress. Fast-forward to 2011 and accidentally leaving on B96 to hear Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” That same repetitive, uhn tiss, bah nah nah that put Harris on my personal map was back. If you’re not into electro-clash that was probably the first time you heard of Harris, but it’s not the first time you heard his work.
Harris has been producing songs for everyone from LMFAO to Kylie Minogue to Dizzee Rascal to Scissor Sisters to Cheryl Cole for most of his career. He’s the Butch Walker of electronic music. His signature is straight bangin’ and it’s fucking everywhere. Asses don’t move like they move to Calvin Harris, and if you don’t believe me you can come check out the pit at the show.