2011 feels like an ancient part of EDM’s commercial timeline. The music and its surrounding lifestyle was just beginning to resurface in news headlines, while crossover pioneers like David Guetta were bringing electronic influence into the popular sphere. Calvin Harris’ career had been on the rise that year, and he cemented his image in teaming with Rihanna for their seminal hit, “We Found Love.” The track remains one of electronic’s most influential records to date, and played a role in EDM’s entrance to the mainstream.
Both artists have reunited five years after their groundbreaking release. Rihanna took up a surprise slot during Calvin Harris’ set at Coachella, exciting fans with live vocals for the clip. Then Harris posted on Twitter a mere three days after the festival ended that the two would be returning with another single on April 29 titled “What You Came For.” Hype increased even further as Taylor Swift’s subtle, yet clever marketing for the release in her Coachella fashion pictures was revealed.
“What You Came For” doesn’t quite glimmer the way “We Found Love” did when it was introduced to the public ear, but both talents make a formidable combination each time they pair up. Dainty piano chords complement Rihanna’s impassioned voice, edited to blend nicely within the electronic landscape. Together, they brew a smooth and palatable mixture of both their musical strengths just as they had once before, while carefully balancing sounds propelling pop today and modern EDM. Released at an opportune time like many other Calvin Harris hits prior, “What You Came For” is already primed to be the next summer hit.
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