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Calvin Harris Is Now Competing with Himself for Song of the Summer

New track "Heatstroke" features Young Thug, Pharrell and Ariana Grande, plus Calvin's continued bid to use Real Instruments.
Lauren O'Neill
London, GB

It's the natural progression from name-dropping in conversation, isn't it? People used to drop an A-list clanger over dinner, or while leaning over a glass of wine, to let you know that life was going well and they were, indeed, mingling with the in-crowd. Well, that's not the only way to do it. Calvin Harris has loads of famous friends and he is determined to tell you about it via the time-honoured medium of Putting Them On The Track. Did you know that Calvin Harris knows and has likely spent time with bonafide cool people Frank Ocean and the Migos? Well now you do, because he made the actually fully amazing "Slide" with them, and everyone called it "an early contender for the sound of the summer!"


But now Yung Calv has thrown a spanner in the works by producing "Heatstroke," which features even more of his glamorous pals – this time Young Thug, Ariana Grande and Pharrell. If anything, "Heatstroke" is potentially even more "sound of the summer"-y than "Slide" – look at its title, for starters – with Thugger leading proceedings on a decidedly less trap-inflected flow than usual, that funky bassline, and a silky smooth chorus courtesy of Ariana and Pharrell. It's the sort of track that was made for you to play off your phone in the park as you get steadily more beer drunk in the afternoon, and it marks the second home run in what is turning into a worryingly excellent streak for Harris.

Listen below, decide whether this might even be better than "Slide," and pray Calvin doesn't cause even more confusion by releasing another "sound of the summer" contender (probably literally titled "Summer" the way things are going):

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(Image via Calvin Harris on Twitter)