Remember the baby-faced first incarnation of Calvin Harris? The star-hoody-wearing young’un who - despite being birthed almost halfway through the decade – managed to curry vast amounts of early favour off the back of his electro-minded ditty about hugging people who were born in the eighties, the eighties? Us neither.
These days our Cal has transformed. Currently, he’s best known for making mums utter sentences like ‘what a nice lad he is!’ when they see him in the Armani pants adverts, and mixing with music’s superstars. His new single ‘Slide’ sees him teaming up, as you do, with two thirds of Migos, and the ever elusive Frank Ocean.
Ocean’s saucily warbled chorus - “Do you slide on all your nights like this?” - is a winner from the off. Those helium-trilling melodies, those toastily reverberating piano chords? Just lovely. Stomping, funk-inflected bass-lines, those crispy little side helpings of robotic clappery? Superb. As it stands, between Cal and the gang, this lot might’ve just written the first entry for Pop Bop Banger of the Summer 2017™.