15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even Calvin Harris might not recognize the Calvin Harris of this debut; the Scottish DJ bears little resemblance here to the EDM superstar he became. Rather, I Created Disco is the work of an artist in the mold of LCD Soundsystem: ragged, cheeky, and deceptively lo-fi. More akin to Devo than Diplo, the album is a beautiful mess of analog beats and vintage synths. "Colours" features a cheeky Harris singing over an 8-bit disco groove, while "Love Souvenir" is a chirping experimental slow jam. Disco's willful tackiness is part of its charm, as in the macho braggadocio and roller-rink beats of "The Girls." Harris' artistry is in evidence, but the signature EDM sound of songs like "Feel So Close" had yet to coalesce.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even Calvin Harris might not recognize the Calvin Harris of this debut; the Scottish DJ bears little resemblance here to the EDM superstar he became. Rather, I Created Disco is the work of an artist in the mold of LCD Soundsystem: ragged, cheeky, and deceptively lo-fi. More akin to Devo than Diplo, the album is a beautiful mess of analog beats and vintage synths. "Colours" features a cheeky Harris singing over an 8-bit disco groove, while "Love Souvenir" is a chirping experimental slow jam. Disco's willful tackiness is part of its charm, as in the macho braggadocio and roller-rink beats of "The Girls." Harris' artistry is in evidence, but the signature EDM sound of songs like "Feel So Close" had yet to coalesce.

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