The Playlist: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris

The superstar DJ returns with a guest filled album that is perfect for those hot summer days. 

This past month has seen so many highly anticipated albums and singles released that I can barely keep up. Pretty close to the top of the anticipated list is the latest release from one of the world’s most popular DJs, Calvin Harris. With his fifth album, Harris called upon a lot of friends to make one of the better pop albums of the year.

Album of the Week

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Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris

Opening track Slide is my jam. With the amazing Frank Ocean and Migos, this is a song in the running for song of the summer. The whole album really gives off a summer vibe starting with the oceanfront album cover.

Slide is what summer songs are made of; light and fun, with memorable hooks and beats. This has all that and then some.

The list of guests is literally a who’s who of pop and hip hop and full of highlights like Cash Out. With Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, and D.R.A.M., the song is an awesome synthy jam where all three rappers work perfect together to create on of the best tracks on the album.

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Pharrell Williams shows up twice on the album accompanied by pop stars like Ariana Grande on Heatstroke and Katy Perry on Feels. Feels is the stronger of the two as it is a cool twist on a pop song and is better than anything Katy Perry did on her own new album.

It has a reggae vibe to it and with a great verse thrown in by Big Sean, Feels combines a little bit of everything to make a fun summer song.

Future and Khalid come together on Rollin to give two of the hottest rappers today a chance to shine on a synth heavy, auto tune heavy gem. It’s the kind of summer song you put the top down or open all the windows on your car and cruise down the Jersey shore strips.

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It seems Nicki Minaj is guesting on every album lately as she makes another great guest spot on Skrt on Me. To me Minaj is always at her best on these guest slots and this is no different going from pop singer to rapper here.

Minaj and Harris put together a cool dancehall style track that is great for some beach club party fun.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is a great soundtrack to summer 2017 with Harris and company putting together a great pop album. Harris masters the beats and shows us all why he is one of the best at what he does.

Don’t sleep on this album as it will make for a fun party album or just to get you in the mood for some summer beach fun.

The Playlist: July 4th 2017

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Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen

Since its July 4th, let’s start things off with a song that is red white and blue all over. Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA has been an anthem of patriotism since it was released back in 1984 and a great way to start off your BBQ playlist.

On the other side of the pond, the UK just held its annual Glastonbury last weekend and the BBC released footage of some of this year’s best moments. Let’s take a look at a few for this week’s Playlist.

When We Were Young by The Killers

Speaking of Springsteen and anthems, The Killers have never made it a secret they admire The Boss. When We Were Young is one of those inspired by Bruce songs. The storytelling and the delivery is amazing as this is one of my favorite songs by The Killers.

The crowd at Glastonbury seem to agree with me. To take things up a notch, check out Mr. Brightside. This is the reason why The Killers are one of the best bands of the last 15 years.

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Anything by Radiohead

How do you pick a true highlight from a Radiohead concert, especially at a festival like Glastonbury. With that being said, the band played the song that brought them to the show way back in the day, with Creep to the delight of the fans.

It’s great to see the band embracing this song again after so many years of ignoring it, although the true highlight was the closing number of Karma Police.

The song is one of the band's masterpieces and a perfect closer to the epic career spanning set Radiohead unleashed at Glastonbury.

I Only Lie When I Love You by Royal Blood

Royal Blood tore the house down with their two-man rock. How two guys make that much noise live is just amazing. Off of their latest album, Royal Blood are one of the most exciting live bands out there and I am counting down the days until I finally see them live.

Green Light by Lorde

The fact that Lorde is only 20 and commands a stage the way she does is nothing short of incredible. Green Light is becoming one of those songs that crosses genres and everyone loves.

It may become one of the defining songs of 2017. One look at the crowd loving every second of it here proves my point.

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Everlong by Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters sped up version of their classic and most loved song was part of an epic headlining set this year. It’s great to see The Foo Fighters back in action!

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

If Royal Blood amazes you with two men, then take a look at Ed Sheeran. With no one but himself on stage, he builds his songs live with a loop pedal, his guitar and some electronics.

He totally kills it and closed out this year’s Glastonbury with an amazing show. Sheeran’s legend seems to only grow with each passing day.

For more new releases, give a listen to the latest and greatest album by Imagine Dragons, Evolve. Another pop album that is on my list for one of the best of the year is Melodrama by Lorde.