Every time Calvin Harris drops a new track, the same thing happens. You give it a listen. It’s instantly recognizable, but it doesn’t blow you away. That’s because expectations of a world-beating smash are always there, echoes of “Feel So Close,” “Sweet Nothing” and “Summer.”
You listen again, and find something new and catchy you didn’t pick up the first time. But you don’t think you’ll add it to your personal rotation, and you’re sure this won’t be one of those tracks that’ll have you and your friends bouncing up and down inside Hakkasan anytime soon.
But then you hear it again, and again. It pops up on a playlist or you catch it on the radio and its groove seeps into your brain. In the case of Harris’ latest—the gently pulsating “This Is What You Came For,” layered with some of Rihanna’s sweetest vocals yet—it could easily become summer’s anthem, perfectly positioned for that crazy club session or pristine poolside relaxation. Like his more recent tracks “Blame” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” this one gets warmer with each listen, and before you know it, you might have a new favorite. It sneaks up on you and makes you smile, dance and sing along. Calvin Harris at Hakkasan at MGM Grand, June 9, 18 & 30; at Omnia at Caesars Palace, June 10, 20 & 24.