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Calvin Harris - 'Flashback'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:12 UK time, Sunday, 1 November 2009

Calvin Harris

Say what you like about avant garde music, but it's comparatively easy to get a bunch of arty experimentalists to sit through unpleasant grinding droney noises. It takes a spine of purest steel to introduce that same noise to a chartbound pop song, and keep it going for almost the entire thing.

Have a listen to Calvin's latest, it sounds like a blacksmith sharpening a knife on a grindstone made of catghost, and it lasts from the moody, introspective beginning - those 'Music Sounds Better With You' chords are treating you well, Calvin - all the way through the skippy beat, and up to the big chorus kickoff moment. Then there's a temporary reprieve, before it's back for the last choruses and the fadeout.

Yeah! Beat that, John Cage!

(Here's the video. It's basically what Basshunter thinks his videos look like.)

This is what Calvin is best at, making euphoric dance music with a menacing undercurrent, as if to say you had better get your party on while you can, because it won't be the middle of the dance-floor in the middle of the night forever, and the dawn always greets you like a smack in the face with a wet haddock.

Heck, even the LYRICS of 'Flashback' are about this very thing. Seen the boy/girl of your dreams? Go get her/him, and quickly, or spend the rest of your life regretting it. And it's universal too, you could just as easily apply it to a nice pair of shoes, a car, a new friend, some electrical equipment or a hot pie.

Make sure you do do it though, or that noise will haunt you in your dreams...FOREVER.

Four starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: November 2nd
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)


  • Comment number 1.

    This is like a fleshpack, fleshpack, fleshpack..

    All I hear when I hear the song. I had to look the song up to understand what the lyrics were.

  • Comment number 2.

    It's alright but The Rain is better and really should have been the third single.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hahahahahah! BloggingLiam, you're right. It sounds totally like Fleshpack!

  • Comment number 4.

    I hear you harrythedog10, The Rain is the best track on the album after I'm Not Alone but Flashback is doing well too. If it's successful then why not?

  • Comment number 5.

    That noise... Fraser is right.

    I have visions of a scientific team led by Michael Caine breaking into the studio and finding Calvin and his technicians lying dead, covered in venom induced swellings..

    Upon playing back the tape recording, Caine is fascinated by the droning sound, which is soon joined by a hideous cacophony of buzzing and the frenzied screams of team harris in a death struggle..

    "The fools!" Caine says, "the drone they chose was exactly the same as the mating call of the Queen!"

    "it's unbeelievable", the absurdly attractive entomologist beside him sighs at his genius, takes off her glasses and shakes her hair loose..

    "yes, we have been invaded, by an enemy far more lethal than any human force, I never thought I'd see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They've always been our friend... and that dance music would be the first victim!"

    (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078350/%29 for the confused.


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