Following successful dalliances with Dizzee Rascal, Kylie and, umm, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Calvin Harris is back with a brand new bunch of his own tunes. And by golly they’re sounding good. You may have heard ‘I’m Not Alone’ already – it’s the first single to come from his long-awaited second offering due this summer – and even for the famously über-eclectic tastes of Harris, it is a sonic departure.
Driven by acoustic guitar and sublime hushed harmonies, it kicks off all melancholy before pulsing house beats and chirping electronics explode into life, transforming the track into one of the Dumfries-born chap’s trademark dancefloor-fillers without the often irritatingly overbearing lyrics which put many off him in the past.
It should go down a storm at this totally sold-out and rather intimate forthcoming live date, where he will preview a smattering of new material alongside firm fan favourites ‘Merrymaking at My Place’, ‘Colours’, ‘The Girls’ and breakthrough bop-along ‘Acceptable in the 80s’. Of course ‘Dance Wiv Me’, one of last year’s most ridiculously catchy and biggest selling singles, should also sneak its way into the set if we’re lucky, and we can expect a typically energetic and colourful show from the former M&S shelf-stacker made good.
On the strength of all of this, these next few months are shaping up to be another killer spell for Harris, hoping to convert a plethora of new people to his electro pop cause. The wacky shades, however, remain thankfully optional.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Tue 28 Apr