Calvin Harris - The Girls
Mon 10th Sep, 2007 Music Reviews 2994 viewsin
Calvin Harris has received unprecedented press in ’07. Rather than rehash it all, I’ll simply remind you he’s one of the guys that people mention to illustrate the impact of MySpace on the music industry, and he’s been tagged as the one to follow in the footsteps of Mylo as a Scottish dance cross-over act. His single The Girls reflects Calvin’s distinct electronic pop sound, featuring a simple 4×4 beat and some sythy sounds generated from a VERY basic equipment setup. On one hand, a cynic could say it’s sonically poor, especially in comparison to modern music standards. However, most will think it’s fresh and particularly distinct.
The single starts with the album version. A great synth pop track with Calvin providing silly vocals including a high pitched “I get all the girls” repeated chorus sung in a very ‘tight pants’ voice. It’s cool, and will stick in your head. Like many of the tracks from Calvin’s full album, I would call myself a fan, but my one criticism is it’s the sort of music I can only listen to a few times. This is mainly because of its repetition and the squeaky vocals.
As for the remixes, the first is provided by Groove Armada, an act I love deeply. Recently, Calvin did one of the years’ killer remixes for Groove Armada’s first album single Get Down. It was a big pumping remix, delivered with perfection. This time GA returns the favor and it’s obvious who won out of the deal. Sorry GA, your remix is poor. It’s basically a fairly minimal, acid bleepy version with some vocals retained. The Nicky Slims mix is not dissimilar. It’s minimal, just with more bleeps this time. Not good. All in all, I’d summarise this as a great track, but the remixes don’t really add much to the proceedings. The one positive I can take is the instrumental version, which highlights the true quality of the underlying track.