Friday, 29 April 2016
Calvin Harris and Rihanna's 'This is What You Came For' is the hit we need
Attention Rihanna Navy! Calvin Harris and Rihanna's latest collaboration, This is What You Came For has arrived. And we might as well be calling it the anti-ANTI.
But, hey, ANTI was for the melancholy doldrums of January. Now it's almost summer. And it's time to dance. Here's the thing -- when Rihanna's long-anticipated and well-reviewedalbum, ANTI, finally dropped in January, fans and critics alike noticed that there didn't seem to be a lot of obvious singles on the brooding and ballad-heavy album. Sure, there was Work, her collaboration with Drake which has inspired many a meme and SNL parody. And sure, Ri has released music videos for that single and also Needed Me and Kiss it Better. But are any of them really, truly traditional radio hits? At this point in the album's life, it doesn't seem that way.
Behold This is What You Came For, which we feel pretty comfortable calling the sequel to Harris and Rihanna's 2011 collab, We Found Love. The new single is dance-y alright, in fact, it's probably the most club-friendly, dance-heavy single we've heard so far this year. If We Found Love was a Rihanna song with some Harris underneath, this one is far more about Harris's beats than her vocals, which end up being more electric than we've heard from her before. But goodness is that synthetic hook catchy. The song builds, but just enough to keep you high on it for the entire three minutes and 42 seconds. Yes, this is the kind of radio-friendly hit that we'll talk about for Song of the Summer.
You can listen to This is What You Came For on Spotify below or here via Apple Music
Although we should note that This is What You Came For just happened to debut on the same day as another Song of the Summer competitor: Too Good, off of Drake's new album Views, in which he collabs with a little singer named Rihanna.
RiRi, it's going to be a heck of a summer. We can't wait.