Alvin Harris’ 2017 album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 was a pivotal moment in the superstar DJ’s career. After starting out as an electronic musician in the late ’00s, Scot later established himself as an EDM giant over the next decade, creating huge radio hits with giant drops and excitement in their hearts.
In the first edition of Funk Wav Bounces half a decade ago, Harris enlisted the help of a group of A-list friends, from Frank Ocean to Nicki Minaj, to make an album that still has the station in sight, but feel more appropriate. for poolside rather than a shed. Five years later, a second edition unexpectedly appeared here. As well as having a guest list like its predecessor, Vol. 2 largely continues with a similar energy to the first version, and asks you to sit back and relax.
After their chart-topping success in One Kiss, Harris and Dua Lipa collaborated here again for the lead single Potion, which also featured Young Thug. As smooth and silky as anything in the first Funk Wav Bounces, it shows the pair once again combining something magical through their syrupy bass lines and sexy vocals. Dua.
That’s the sheer amount of guest stars here – 23 out of 14 songs – the album can easily be seen as Harris is absolutely proud of the star quality of his contacts, but has more hits misses on the list he put together. Normani, Tinashe, and Offset fight easily in New To You, and Halsey, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell manage not to overwhelm each other in the star-studded Stay With Me (although it expands into an encore, titled Stay With. I Part 2).
Through the languid New Money (which features 21 Savage) and the wonderful Obsessed (with a stellar diversion from Charlie Puth), a constant vibe remains on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2: world-famous stars roll in and out through a revolving door while Harris keeps everything flowing with bopping bass, sun-drenched funk tunes and a laid-back energy that rarely goes astray. As a result, the impact of specific songs often diminishes, but the atmosphere of continuity remains. It’s just really Halsey’s incredibly charismatic bounce on Stay With Me that cuts through the sun-drenched atmosphere and pops out of the speakers with any urgency, but its chic, uncluttered air. The album is a fun thing to sit with, even if there aren’t too many twists and turns along the way.
There may not be anything here quite as attention-grabbing and immediate as Vol. The featured slide featured Frank Ocean 1, but the second version of Funk Wav Bounces proves well worth it. Arriving in time for late summer, it’s part of pure escapism with Harris at the wheel keeping the good times rolling.