Single Review: Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises

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Calvin Harris follows up one mega hit with another
Calvin Harris is one of the biggest hit machines of our age. The Scottish producer has been dominating the charts this year with ‘One Kiss’, his collaboration with Dua Lipa. While it hit number 1 in the UK, the track even broke records in Netherlands for keeping the top spot for an eternity. Although ‘One Kiss’ is still going strong, Harris felt it was time for something new, so he launched new single ‘Promises’. Of course he has another pop star lined up to join him. This time it is the one and only Sam Smith. Smith launched his sophomore album The Thrill Of It All last year and this is the first we hear from him ever since! The track was co-written by Smith, Harris and Canadian pop singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who also provides some vocals.

It is almost needless to say that ‘Promises’ will very probably be a humongous hit. The track follows the same pattern as ‘One Kiss’ with a light deephouse production and an insanely catchy chorus which you will be able to reproduce after one or two listens. Sam Smith delivers a deliciously understated vocal performance that complements the distant, but sensual vibe of the tune. Smith sings about how he can’t make any promises for the long term, but will give his all tonight in a convincing, captivating manner. This is a tune and a half and the world will hear a lot of it in the coming months!

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