Over five years in the making, Calvin Harris‘ sequel to his star-studded 2017 album Funk Wav Bounces is now weeks away. Slated for Aug. 5, Harris continues to pick up momentum before his epic, end-of-summer takeover.
On July 15, Calvin dropped the third promotional single for Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 2, aiming for an entirely pop-focused appeal. “Stay With Me” sees 2000s legends Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake team up with Halsey over a groovy pop instrumental crafted by Harris, including intense, unrelenting guitar strums.
Each of the three artists presents their own hook/refrain on the track, as Halsey kicks off the nearly four-minute cut with her hurried, yet elegantly sung “Hey, it’s a mess out there / They can leave, but we don’t care” portion.
Following in the delicately sung footsteps of Halsey, JT’s “Damn it don’t make sense” hook comes after the first of his two brief verse on the song. As he’s the only of the three soft spoken icons to deliver verses on the song, Timberlake focuses on the language of dance.
I still see your body in the dark
It’s easy, I just use my hands
And I don’t even need to go inside
I know just by the way you dance“Stay With Me” — Calvin Harris
Lastly, in the midst of a year where he’s put out hit singles like “Cash In, Cash Out,” arranged the intriguing “Something In The Water” festival and worked on both Pusha T and Nigo‘s albums, Pharrell makes his mark on “Stay With Me.” With a simple, yet fitting eight lines, Pharrell’s “This one’s for tonight and beyond” refrain keeps the vibes up as he discourages yawning and toasts and cheers to the occasion.
The visuals for the song are just as vibrant and fun-loving as thematic, as the four involved parties throw on their most colorful fits and vibe together. “Stay With Me” is another carefree addition to a track list that will surely ooze the right summer atmosphere once it is fully revealed.
Check out Calvin Harris’ latest single below!