Following up the unlikely but worked-together-like-fuck collaboration of Migos and Frank Ocean, British DJ and producer, Calvin Harris, releases his latest single “Heatstroke” featuring Pharrell, Ariana Grande and Young Thug.
Young Thug opens up the track with his distinctive weird animal-inspired fucked up vocals until the beat drops and HE GOES IN. Over festival-esque synths, soft jingles and thunderous bass, Thug provides another great featured verse for the beginning of 2017 as well as the impending summer. The second Ariana’s vocals came in….I just zoned out. Her voice is dull, unenergetic and has no effect on the weight of the track. Thug provides a second verse though so it’s cool. While Pharrell is listed as a featured artist on the track, his contribution is disappointing and sadly, an anti-climax. As much as I was expecting some wicked Pharrell vocals to feel happy about myself, instead, he only gives minimal ad-libs during Thugger and Grande’s vocals.
Like “Slide”, Calvin enlisted some of the biggest names in the music industry for his recent track, however, it doesn’t live up to the hype and juxtaposition of artists’ sound found on the Migos and Frank assited record. While Thug is the primary guest on this track, Calvin, Ariana and Pharrell are all dismissed for their inadequate contributions.