Arguably the biggest dance music act in the Western world, Calvin Harris has provided a multitude of distinctive and memorable tracks over the years. The largest collection of these hits being his stellar album ’18 Months’, which helped catapult the Scottish DJ/Producer into the dominant status he still holds today.
Acting as the third studio album from Calvin Harris, its release four years ago, and the consequential success, is symbolic of dance music’s exponential growth within the mainstream spotlight. Releasing under the labels of Deconstruction Records, his own label Fly Eye Records, and Columbia Records, ’18 Months’ was the first album without his regular vocals. Reminiscent of David Guetta’s ‘One More Love‘ album from 2010, the LP was a compilation of the Scotsman work from the previous 18 months, as well as a package of evidence of his studio capabilities.
Debuting at No.1 in the UK and going on to sell nearly 1 million copies, tracks such as “Bounce”, “Feel So Close”, “Let’s Go”, “We’ll Be Coming Back”, “Sweet Nothing”, “Drinking from the Bottle”, “I Need Your Love” and “Thinking About You”, reflected the depth of quality the album contained. Aided by the runaway popularity of “We Found Love” with Rihanna as well, it became the first album to contain nine Top 10 tracks.
In turn generating sales of over 25 million singles, it is as much a compilation of hits, as it is an LP. Helping infuse dance music into the mainstream, the big name collaborations with the like of Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch and even Nicky Romero for the track “Iron”, set out path for Calvin Harris’ future hit collaborations.
While not necessarily favoured by critic’s, ’18 Months’ now acts as much as a nostalgic reminder for fans memories, as it does an album by Calvin Harris. It also contained some of the DJ’s lesser-known, but much-loved, tracks such a “Here 2 China” with Dillon Francis and Dizzie Rascal, and the Daft Punk esque “Mansion”.
Relive the studio mastery below and let us know your favourite track from the album!