Calvin Harris releases new album, entitled Motion

Glenn Rohrbacker

Calvin Harris is known for catchy hooks, great beats and tunes that everyone can dance to.

Calvin Harris is a Scottish musician on the rise (AP photo)
Calvin Harris is a Scottish musician on the rise (AP photo)

The Scottish musician is no stranger to the top of the charts and has helped many other singers and musicians get there as well, producing and writing several popular tracks for other performers.

What many people don’t realize is that the voice you hear on songs like “Feel So Close,” “Summer,” and many other of his songs is actually Calvin Harris himself. But alongside of his own voice, he collaborates with a lot of high-profile musicians on his work.

His new album, Motion, was released on Nov. 4. It contains two popular singles, “Blame” with John Newman, and the summer smash hit, “Summer.”

The album currently sits at number six on the iTunes top ten albums list. It has 15 great dance songs that will really get you into a dancing mood. Even if you are not in to house or electronic music, this could be a very good album for you.

The first song on the album is “Faith” and is a simple, soulful song that is very inspirational. Calvin Harris teams up with fellow DJ Alesso for his track “Under Control” that was originally released last October. It features the pop duo Hurts and definitely shows off the great work of all the people on this song. Harris joins up again with fellow UK star, Ellie Goulding on the strong, synth heavy track, “Outside.” This song is another example of how the two artists’ styles fit well together.

Harris goes in a bit of a different direction on the song “Open Wide,” where he teams up with Big Sean to create this provocative track. This is one of the rare times we see Harris collaborate with a hip-hop star. Gwen Stefani is featured on the song “Together,” where she delivers a strong vocal performance over some heavy synth beats.

Once again, Harris takes a new direction on his track, “Ecstasy,” that also features Hurts. This ballad definitely breaks up the album, due to the nature of the genre of dance music to not really have much variation on tempo and feel. The other songs on this album all have a unique flare to them that also stay true to Calvin Harris’s style.

Overall, I would say that this is a step forward for Calvin Harris. His new album, Motion, has several hit-worthy songs that will keep him in the ears of the mainstream public and on their iPods. I am excited to see what Harris delivers next and what direction he will take for the future. As for now, I would definitely recommend Motion.