Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone 2019
In 10 years, a lot of stuff has happened: Swedish House Mafia broke up, and got back together again; the likes of Oliver Heldens and Martin Garrix paved the way for young aspiring producers to achieve their dreams; DJ Mag’s Top 100 became more rigged year on year… oh, and KFC headlined the Ultra main stage! Times may be very different, and the music scene has certainly changed – for better or for worse, you decide – but one track hasn’t aged a day in those 3651 days since 6th April 2009. On that particular day, Calvin Harris – who at the time had only just burst on to the scene after his 2007 album I Created Disco – released ‘I’m Not Alone‘, one of most widely known and iconic tracks to date. 10 years on, the track has got a revamp, including a couple of remixes coming from CamelPhat and Thomas Schumacher.
Featuring vocals from Calvin Harris himself – real name Adam Richard Wiles – ‘I’m Not Alone‘ was released prior to the Ready For The Weekend album released in August later that year, premiered on Pete Tong’s show as the ‘Essential New Tune’. The track was extremely successful, debuting at the top spot a week after its release, and holding the fort for two weeks. ‘I’m Not Alone‘ went on to receive remixes from the likes of deadmau5, Pendulum, Doorly, and more, but there was still more sound to be explored with this track. With an epic hook that is known throughout electronic music as one of the greatest around, an anthemic drop, and a sound that epitomises UK summer, it was a perfect opportunity for a 10 year reunion with one of the greats of the early ‘EDM’ era.
The new release EP features 4 tracks: a CamelPhat remix, Calvin’s 2019 Edit, a remix from Thomas Schumacher, and a remaster of the original 2009 release. The 2019 Edit and Remaster are largely similar, and preserve all of the key elements from the original track, however the sound design is much better and there is a renewed sharpness in the track from the two updated versions. CamelPhat’s remix follows their more commercial sound, opposed to their underground vibe as seen in tracks like ‘The Solution‘, and steers more towards a ‘Panic Room vibe, with a melodic, subtle tone that can be played in a club, at a festival, or in the car. Thomas Schumacher takes a slightly different approach, and goes for a brand new approach on this track. The original is largely scrapped, and it is hard to directly correlate any melodic elements between the 2009 version and this, with Schumacher hitting the acid techno route, in keeping with his usual productions.
All round, this is one high quality little EP from Calvin and co., so make sure you check it out whilst its hot!