Our first time seeing Calvin Harris this summer at LAVO in New York was a super fun night filled with great music, and we were excited for his return at Electric Zoo’s main stage. The tall, boyish-looking Calvin took to the decks after John Dahlback, and when we noticed he wasn’t wearing a signature plaid button-down we got excited that he might change up the tracks as well. So, how’d it all pan out? Head past the break to find out.
The military-like drum roll of Thomas Gold’s “Marsch Marsch” kicked things off before the iconic opening drop of his smash hit, “I’m Not Alone.” This was a pattern that would continue throughout the set — a mixture of fresh new house tracks interspersed with the older pop songs that originally put him on the map.
He played the same “Babylon Holiday” bootleg from LAVO before “Tung,” the vocal mix of “Miami 2 Ibiza,” and “Kendo.” He then switched up the vibe completely by dropping the original version of “You Used To Hold Me,” and the “Knas is Coming Home” bootleg of Steve Angello and Dirty Money’s tracks.
Congorock & Dizzee Rascal – Holiday (Euan Cross Bootleg)
After showing his solidarity for his DJ friends he went back to straight up Calvin. “Awooga” kicked things off before the original mix of “Flashback,” which is still one of the best songs ever. He also played the original mix of “Bounce,” before debuting his new track that sounded like something we could see being played by an SHM-type. It had a strong bassline, but borrowed some of the nuances from “Awooga” and “Bounce.”
“Lise” was a deep house banger that contrasted starkly with the previous tracks, but Darude’s “Sandstorm” was refreshing to hear again. It’s one of those tracks that everyone knows but doesn’t necessarily know the name of, and a lot of folks around us echoed our surprise and delight. To close he played the Mark Knight remix of “You Got The Love” before his latest single, “Feel So Close.” Everyone was singing along the entire time, and afterwards he told everyone to have a fantastic weekend and take care. Calvin brought it, and he even thanked everyone at the end.