Get Ready NY, LA, Chicago & Vancouver, Calvin Harris

Fresh off a plane from the UK where his sophomore album “Ready for the Weekend” debuted at #1 on the UK Album Charts which follows the success of his 2 consecutive #1 singles. Calvin Harris will be DJing in NY, Chicago, LA & Vancouver this week and of course will be dropping some of his new tunes (which have been compared to Outkast, Basement Jaxx & Prince)

Are you ready?

DJ Dates are:

09/10 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
with Yes Giantess – 10:30 -11:30 Calvin Harris – 12- 1:30

09/11 – Vision Nightclub – Chicago, IL
09/12 – Vanguard – Los Angeles, CA
09/13 – Venue – Vancouver, BC
Doors 9pm

CALVIN HARRIS GETS US ‘Ready For The Weekend’
Digital Release: August 17th
Physical Release: October 6th

Single: ‘I’m Not Alone’ Out Now

Calvin Harris has confirmed the highly anticipated successor to gold selling debut album ‘I Created Disco’. Having successfully returned with two #1 singles ‘Dance Wiv Me’ (with Dizzee Rascal) and ‘I’m Not Alone’, Calvin will release his new album which debuted at #1 on the UK album charts ‘Ready For The Weekend’ through Ultra Records on October 6th.

Calvin has come a long way since his trademark sound took over the charts in 2007. Now a sought after producer, international DJ and bonafide star, Calvin has picked up awards, collaborated with everyone from Kylie Minogue to Example, clocked up record sales well in excess of a million copies and sold out tours across the UK. Now he brings us the soundtrack for the end of summer 2009.

The first taster of the updated Calvin Harris sound “I’m Not Alone” went straight into the charts at #1 and is shaping up to be one of the biggest singles of the year. Harris calls it “a big stadium dance tune, somewhere between the sounds of Snow Patrol, Faithless, and Grandaddy”.

A more straightforwardly upbeat track, and next single on the new album, is “Ready For The Weekend”, featuring the formidable lungs of Mary Pearce (prolific backing singer for the likes of Beverly Knight, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan), handbag house piano riffs, and the girl-friendly chorus “I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend”. ‘Ready For The Weekend’ is an electro pop master class that has all the hallmarks of another huge record and looks set to give Calvin his third number one in a row. Remixes on the single are courtesy of Fake Blood & Dave Spoon, with the amazing High Contrast completing the package in fine style. Says Calvin: “Ready For The Weekend’ is a good example of pop song meets piano house record, it’s my favourite thing I’ve done so far.”

Other key moments on the album include “Relax” (an acoustic guitar based track which has a similarly mixed mood to “I‘m Not Alone“), and “Worst Day”, (something of a N.E.R.D./Outkast sound, Calvin’s vocals sharing time with rapper Izza Kizza from Timbaland’s Mosley Music stable). All of which is guaranteed to mess with many people’s expectations of a Calvin Harris record.Following the rapturous response to his recent live dates, Calvin continues to venture out on the road throughout the summer, including appearances at the summer festivals, with diverse slots from iTunes & T4 on the beach to Ibiza rocks & headlining the dance tent at Glastonbury. Calvin has also announced selected DJ dates this September in the US, a 20 date headline tour in October overseas, and more dates to be announced in the US this December cementing his 2009 takeover.

DJ Dates as follows:

09/10 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
09/11 – Vision Nightclub – Chicago, IL
09/12 – Vanguard – Los Angeles, CA
09/13 – Venue – Vancouver, BC


Previous US Press accolades for Calvin Harris:

“Fat synth-rock hooks and chirpy background choruses in a sound that recalled the cheeky pop-funk of the vintage “Dirty Mind”. He has a nose for dynamic arrangements, often adding live bass on top of synthesized beats to push the sound over the top. “The idea of a “star-making” performance might be obsolete in this multiple-platform era, but one of Coachella’s charms is the possibility that a great discovery might always be just one stage away. For a lot of people, Calvin Harris was the find of 2008 Day 2.” – LA Times

“Harris’ electro-pop-ish sound sparkles with the feel-good optimism of the Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor…” “Think Daft Punk with a sense of humor.” – Next

“What is most surprising are the lyrics, often neglected in electronic music– that sound thoughtful” “…showcases his irony while still keeping a crowd moving to the catchy tune, and that could be Harris’ signature invention.” – CMJ

”[Calvin Harris] represents what’s good about electronic music…Freakishly catchy choruses” – INTERVIEW

“Calvin Harris makes sweaty synthetic dance music perfect for bedraggled hipsters and embattled drag queens alike” – VIBE

“His Is an intrepid sound, taut and gorgeous – an elegiac counterpoint to all the strutting dance moves! There’s a heart inside the machine.” – VIBE

“An addictive blend of hipster petulance and breakneck dance beats” – BlackBook

“Writes smart, text-worthy couplets about fun in beat driven ether.” “For his generation Harris has created disco again, but he takes it back to it lo-fi, low-brow glory.” – PAPER

“may go down as one of the best get-ready-for-a-night out albums ever.” “Harris is set to be a mainstay, creating disco and getting all the girls, for some time to come.” – Big Shot

“This is an indie rocker introducing great disco to a bunch of beer drinkers, and if that’s not God’s work, then what is” “This is what would happen if Flight of the Concords fixated on Daft Punk. It’s that good… and more.” – Blender

“it sounds like he had fun making it, as if each track is him throwing a party for himself.” – XLR8R

“Harris’ lo-fi electronica has all the fun of 70s dance music without the guys in hells and tight polyester pants huggin’ on their disco balls” – Complex (5 out of 5 stars)

“All Harris songs contain stabbing synths, fat bass lines and Michael Jackson-esque yelps, and a decent helping of brutal hooks” – NYLON

“Harris could be considered the club alternative to the Artic Monkeys rise to fame several years ago: same driven attitude, same crucial post in youth culture, same plane of reinventing the wheel.” – SPIN

“This squeaky UK Beat-geek pays homage with lyrics and insidious synth squiggles to the ripping electro funk of the Reagan, or rather Thatcher Era.” – SPIN

“Don’t let the date in its title or its blinded-with-science synthesizers fool you, Calvin Harris’ single? “Acceptable in the ’80s” isn’t really an ode to that era. Instead the bedroom producer’s single (and the rest of the LP) sounds more like a love note to alterna popsters from the decade that followed, like ?Harvey Danger and the New Radicals. All the elements are there: detached vocals, ?overeducated/understimulated slacker lyricisms. And I’m fucking with it! ” – Fader

“A smart and very self-aware record that takes on lame stereotypes and teases them out using the same pop formulas that have suited Daft Punk, LCD Sound System and early Basement Jaxx” – XLR8R

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