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Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
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Studio album by
Released30 June 2017 (2017-06-30)
Studio
  • 11th Street, Atlanta, GA
  • The BLE Compound, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chalice, Los Angeles, CA
  • Circle House, Miami, FL
  • Criteria, Miami, FL
  • Glenwood Place, Burbank, CA
  • God's Eyes, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mobile Trap, United States
  • MSM, Los Angeles, CA
  • Paramount, Los Angeles, CA
  • Westlake, West Hollywood, CA
Genre
Length37:40
LabelColumbia
ProducerCalvin Harris
Calvin Harris chronology
Motion
(2014)
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
(2017)
Singles from Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  1. "Slide"
    Released: 23 February 2017
  2. "Heatstroke"
    Released: 31 March 2017
  3. "Rollin"
    Released: 12 May 2017
  4. "Feels"
    Released: 16 June 2017
  5. "Faking It"
    Released: 17 October 2017

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is the fifth studio album by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris. It was released on 30 June 2017 by Columbia Records.[4][5] The album features guest vocals by Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, DRAM, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Future, Khalid, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Kehlani, Lil Yachty and Jessie Reyez, as well as prominent writing contributions from Starrah.[6][7]

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 was supported by five singles: "Slide", "Heatstroke", "Rollin", "Feels" and "Faking It". The album received generally positive reviews from critics, and debuted at number two on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.

Background

Harris previously announced that he would release 10 new singles in 2017.[8] On 15 February, he tweeted that he had "worked with the greatest artists of our generation".[9] Later, on 9 May, he confirmed the album would be released on 30 June.[9]

Singles

The album's lead single, "Slide", was released on 23 February 2017. The song features guest vocals from American singer Frank Ocean and American rappers Quavo and Offset from the hip hop group Migos.[10]

The album's second single, "Heatstroke", was released on 31 March 2017. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Young Thug, American singer and rapper Pharrell Williams, and American singer Ariana Grande.[11]

The album's third single, "Rollin", was released on 12 May 2017. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Future and American singer Khalid.[12] It was later released to rhythmic contemporary radio on 27 June 2017.[13]

The album's fourth single, "Feels", was released on 16 June 2017. The song features guest vocals from American singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry, and American rapper Big Sean.[14] It was later released to contemporary hit radio on 20 June 2017.[15]

The album's fifth single, "Faking It", was released to contemporary hit radio on 17 October 2017.[16] The song features guest vocals from American singer Kehlani and American rapper Lil Yachty.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.6/10[17]
Metacritic70/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[19]
The A.V. ClubB[20]
Consequence of SoundB+[21]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]
The Independent1/5 stars[22]
NME4/5 stars[23]
Paste6.7/10[1]
Pitchfork6.7/10[3]
PopMatters7/10[24]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[25]

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 15 reviews.[18] Neil Z. Yeung from AllMusic gave a positive review, stating "Calvin Harris managed to find a way to distill the sounds of summer into a near-perfect spirit on his fifth effort, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, assembling an all-star roster of performers for an economic ten-track burst that doesn't overstay its welcome." He summed up the review by saying "Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal and fun Harris makes it all feel."[19] Clayton Purdom of The A.V. Club said, "It's a winning bid for artistic credibility: not going for smarter, more complex, or bigger, just better, more fun. Full of island affectations, soft-rock gloss, and chintzy good-life strings, it is, at last, the sort of fun you don’t have to feel bad about the next day."[20] Collin Brennan of Consequence of Sound wrote: "Funk Wav Bounces isn't the kind of album that's going to change the conversation in pop music, but it doesn't want to. All it wants to do is sit by the pool, release, let go, and have a good time."[21] Leonie Cooper of NME was also positive, saying the album is, "a triumph, a good-time album of wall-to-wall hits with a carefree, funky tropical feel and more than enough cool points to see him embraced by the hipster crowd as well as holding on to the pop kids."[23]

In a mixed review, The Guardian's Alexis Petridis stated: "Harris seems unsure whether an 80s boogie revival is the future of either dance music or mainstream pop, however. Elsewhere, there's a sense of bets being hedged and versatility being demonstrated to varying degrees of success."[2] Jon O'Brien of Prefix Magazine said, "Ultimately, Harris appears to have simply swapped one formula for another, and if there's to be a Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 he will need to discover at least a few new tricks. ... [But] there are encouraging signs here that the Harris of old hasn't been entirely lost for good."[26] In his review, Josh Goller of Slant Magazine states, "By showing little interest in challenging the clichés of men fixated on conquest and status symbols and women focused on "feels," Harris undermines what could have been an inspired creative reinvention."[25] In a negative review, Andy Gill of The Independent said, "It's a typical contacts-book R&B exercise, with an impressive cast of guests (including Frank, Pharrell, Snoop, Nicki, Katy, Ariana and others) on a fairly underwhelming series of grooves."[22]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Billboard Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017
7
Complex The Best Albums of 2017
19
Newsweek The 17 Best Albums of 2017
3
Rap-Up Rap-Up's 20 Best Albums of 2017
11

Commercial performance

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with 19,000 copies sold in its first week, including 7,000 from streams.[31] The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 68,000 album-equivalent units—the highest position for Harris and the highest debut of any artist in the week of its release.[32] In its first week, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 sold nearly twice as many units as Harris's last album, Motion, sold in its first week.[33] In August 2017, Spotify announced that "Feels" was one of the most streamed songs of mid-2017.[34] The album's lead single, "Slide", was certified double Platinum on 13 October 2017.[35]

Track listing

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes.[36]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Slide" (featuring Frank Ocean and Migos)3:50
2."Cash Out" (featuring Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor and DRAM)3:55
3."Heatstroke" (featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande)3:49
4."Rollin" (featuring Future and Khalid)4:32
5."Prayers Up" (featuring Travis Scott and A-Trak)
3:24
6."Holiday" (featuring Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Takeoff)
2:49
7."Skrt on Me" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
3:48
8."Feels" (featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean)
3:43
9."Faking It" (featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty)4:00
10."Hard to Love" (featuring Jessie Reyez)
  • Wiles
  • Reyez
3:50
Total length:37:40

Notes

  • "Cash Out" features background vocals by Candice Pillay
  • "Heatstroke" features additional background vocals by Starrah
  • "Holiday" features background vocals by Joe Vinyl
  • "Faking It" features background vocals by Jessie Reyez

Personnel

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[36]

Musicians

Production and design

  • Calvin Harris – production (all tracks), recording (tracks 1, 4, 6, 10), mixing (all tracks)
  • Louis Bell – additional vocal editing (track 9)
  • Andrew Coleman – recording (track 3)
  • Nick Cooper – vocal production (track 7)
  • Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine – recording (track 7)
  • Jacob Dennis – recording assistance (track 8)
  • Matthew Desrameaux – recording assistance (track 3)
  • Blake Harden – recording (track 5)
  • David "Prep" Hughes – recording (track 2)
  • Ian Findlay – recording assistance (track 8)
  • Seth Firkins – recording (track 4)
  • Shawn "Source" Jarrett – recording (track 3)
  • Dave Kutch – mastering (all tracks)
  • Mike Larson – recording (track 8)
  • Thomas "Tillie" Mann – recording (track 9)
  • Daryl "DJ Durel" McPherson – recording (tracks 1, 6)
  • Gregg Rominiecki – recording (track 8)
  • Marcos Tovar – recording (tracks 1–3, 5, 8, 9)
  • Pharrell Williams – additional vocal production (track 3)
  • Mark Kalman – creative direction
  • Emil Nava – photography
  • Uber and Kosher – art direction

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[74] Gold 40,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[75] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[76] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[77] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[78] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

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