New to the Shoot New Release Playlist this week, are the new Calvin Harris singles ‘Slide’ ft. Frank Ocean & Migos, and ‘Heatstroke’ Ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande. Listen now!
Grammy Award-winning record producer, songwriter and DJ Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern music, having broken world records and dominated global charts with his continued hit releases. As one of the most successful artists of all time, he currently has over 5 billion streams across all major streaming services, 5 billion video views, and 10 consecutive platinum singles.
‘Slide’ carries a mixture of the depth and warmth of analog instrumentation alongside modern vocal production, arrangement and mixing. Joining Calvin on the release are vocal performances from ground breaking independent recording artist, Frank Ocean and recent Billboard Hot 100 number 1 rap trio, Migos.
‘Slide’ is a “sultry, piano-tipped grooving song” featuring handclap-styled beats and pitched background vocals. The song begins with the verses sung by Ocean in a distorted voice: “I might/Empty my bank account/And buy that ‘Boy with a Pipe’.”
Referring to the lyric, Ocean explains that it is an allusion to: “A Picasso painting that sold for so much money.” The Picasso in question is Garçon à la pipe, painted during the artist’s Rose Period, which was auctioned off for $104 million at Sotheby’s in 2004.
Elsewhere in the song, Migos’ Offset raps, “Swallow the bottle while I sit back and smoke gelato/Walk in my mansion 20 thousand paintin’ Picasso.”
‘Heatstroke’ is an all-star record features critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper Young Thug, renowned songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams, and global superstar Ariana Grande.
This genre bending track embodies sonic influences of soul and funk and further showcases Calvin’s innate musical talents and craftsmanship with Harris performing 8 instruments in addition to producing and arranging the record.
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