[Listen] SZA’s Hit Track Gets Calvin Harris Rework
Solana Rowe, better known as SZA, has ended the year having made multiple year-end lists, hosting Saturday Night Live, and securing five Grammy nominations. Her major label debut album CTRL has released this past June and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album saw much praise and critical acclaim, with publications like Time, Noisey, and New York Daily news naming it the best album of 2017.
One of the most notable tracks on the album is “The Weekend,” on which SZA tells a tale of a man who uses her as a mistress, with her being fully aware of the situation. Although the track was not officially released as a single, it became an instant hit among fans.
Shortly after the release of CTRL, producer/DJ Calvin Harris shared a video on Snapchat in which Harris is seen tinkering around with the song’s instrumental production. The short video tease led fans to believe that a remix of the notorious CTRL cut was in the works. Following the posting of said Snapchat Story, no news was heard regarding a remix to “The Weekend,” or even any sort of affiliation between SZA and Harris.
Nearly six months later, SZA and Harris have released “The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)” for download and streaming. The “Funk Wav” notation may suggest that “The Weekend”’s remix may be a bridge between Calvin Harris’s Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 which was released this past summer, and Vol. 2 the release date of which is currently unknown.
Harris’s rework of “The Weekend” certainly does fit in with the sound of Vol. 1, with its bouncy, groovy, disco-like production. Although the album version has proven to be a success on R&B radio, perhaps Harris’s version will help it garner more mainstream/top 40 airplay.
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