Monday Feature: Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris with Dizzee Rascal in 2008 (on left), at the 2012 VMAs (on right)

Calvin Harris with Dizzee Rascal in 2008 (on left), at the 2012 VMAs (on right)

For Calvin Harris, 2012 was quite a good year. The much anticipated third studio album 18 Months was released and songs such as “Feel So Close” and “We Found Love” became hits everywhere. However, Calvin Harris is not all that new in the UK, but rather he has been well known for around four years. How much can one change in four years? Well, four years ago, all the way back in 2008 (for all intents and purposes, it is barely 2013) I did not have my driver’s license yet, Michael Phelps amazed the world at the summer olympics in Beijing, and Jersey Shore didn’t exist. Now, keeping all of that in mind, let’s take a look back at a song by Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris…

…and now a new song, also with Dizzee Rascal (and Dillon Francis), on Harris’ new album:

Now, I am going to let that sink in for a few moments. I am not saying that “Dance Wiv Me” is a bad song. It’s catchy, was played during the warehouse party in HBO’s Girls, and uh… has an eclectic wardrobe for the music video? Anyways, listening to the new collaboration makes it almost hard to believe that they both are the same people. The same guy singing at the bar in the first video is the same guy that sings “Feels So Close” (yeah that’s Calvin Harris singing.) There have been numerous accounts of mid-career transformations for musical artists, this one, I just felt needed to be pointed out.

Also, everyone who likes Florence Welch should hear this (cred goes to my friend Stephanie)


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