I Created Disco

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I Created Disco
Studio album by Calvin Harris
Released 15 June 2007 (2007-06-15)
Recorded 2006–07; Calvinharrisbeats Studio
(Dumfries, Scotland)
Genre Electropop, electro house, nu-disco, synthpop, electroclash
Length 55:23
Label Fly Eye, Columbia, Startime
Producer Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris chronology
I Created Disco
(2007)
Ready for the Weekend
(2009)
Singles from I Created Disco
  1. "Vegas"
    Released: 29 January 2007
  2. "Acceptable in the 80s"
    Released: 12 March 2007
  3. "The Girls"
    Released: 4 June 2007
  4. "Merrymaking at My Place"
    Released: 20 August 2007
  5. "Colours"
    Released: 5 November 2007

I Created Disco is the debut album by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It was released on 15 June 2007 by Columbia Records, preceded by the singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", which reached numbers ten and three on the UK Singles Chart, respectively. The album debuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 16,121 copies.[1] On 23 May 2008, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies.

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing and recording for I Created Disco started in 2006 when Harris moved back to his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland after living in London for two years. All recording and producing for the album took place on an Amiga computer with audio tracker OctaMED [2] in Harris's home studio, called Calvinharrisbeats Studio. All fourteen tracks on the album were written, produced and performed solely by Harris.

Promotion[edit]

Preceding the release of the album, Columbia released two singles, "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", and Harris and his band was the supporting artist for both Faithless and Groove Armada on their live arena tours in spring 2007. The album cover was also used to promote the fourth generation iPod Nano in yellow.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[4]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
BBC Music favourable[6]
Billboard favourable[7]
Drowned in Sound 1/10[8]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[9]
NME 7/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 3.7/10[11]
PopMatters 4/10[12]
Stylus Magazine B[13]
Yahoo! Music 6/10 stars[14]

I Created Disco received mixed to average reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 17 reviews.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Calvin Harris. 

No. Title Length
1. "Merrymaking at My Place"   4:09
2. "Colours"   4:01
3. "This Is the Industry"   3:56
4. "The Girls"   5:15
5. "Acceptable in the 80s"   5:32
6. "Neon Rocks"   3:48
7. "Traffic Cops"   0:54
8. "Vegas"   5:41
9. "I Created Disco"   4:07
10. "Disco Heat"   4:30
11. "Vault Character"   0:08
12. "Certified"   4:06
13. "Love Souvenir"   4:18
14. "Electro Man"   4:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Calvin Harris – vocals, arranger, instrumentation, producer
  • Guy Davie – mastering

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Ireland 15 June 2007[26] Fly Eye Records, Columbia Records
United Kingdom 18 June 2007[27]
Japan 27 June 2007[18] Sony Music
Australia 6 July 2007[28] Red Label
United States 4 September 2007[29] Almost Gold Recordings
Benelux 13 January 2008[30] [PIAS] Recordings
France 4 February 2008[19] Cinq 7, Wagram Music
Germany 18 April 2008[31] Ministry of Sound

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Mason, Kerri (8 September 2007). "I Created Disco". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
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  12. ^ Raper, Dan (5 September 2007). "Calvin Harris: I Created Disco". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  13. ^ Brown, Ally (29 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  14. ^ Mackay, Emily (19 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – 'I Created Disco'". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
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