Calvin Harris is that dude who just can’t miss. The Scottish DJ and producer turns timeless house grooves out like a factory, and “Giant” with human megaphone Rag’n’Bone Man is no exception. It’s a strong and stunning single that amazes as well as entertains. Rag’n’Bone Man is such a presence over its jazzy horns and soulful brood, you can’t help but feel empowered.
“Giant” climbed the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart to stand tall at No. 10 earlier this year, and to follow that success, Harris dropped a six-song remix package that gives the single even longer legs. There’s some big room energy, some future bass flight of fancy, and even some old school electro rowdiness.
Which new version of “Giant” is your favorite? We break down each of the swingin’ remixes below.
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Robin Schulz Remix)
“Giant” was already a powerhouse, but Schulz somehow adds many mighty inches to this behemoth’s vibe. He sprinkles shimmering progressive house accents, replaces the funky horns with soulful piano riffs and wild female voices, and ties it all together with an energy that’s good enough for the big room but cool enough to kick back with at home.]
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Purple Disco Machine earns its name with this groovealicious “Giant” remix. A slinky bass intro turns into a strutting beat that breaks into a glorious dance floor fever with tight-strum guitar and classic ’70s synth flourishes. Next time your day seems a little too boring, put this remix on and watch the room turn into a flash mob.
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Michael Calfan Remix)
This remix of “Giant” is all about the breakbeat. The drums are slamming right out the gate, and they carry the tune throughout, but there’s definitely something to be said for the dark house hook. It’s a subtle version with a tropical humidity that’ll have you dreaming of late nights on beautiful beaches and adventures spent chasing mystery.
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Audien Remix)
A bright, starry-eyed piano lead introduces the mood for this remix from Audien. It’s hopeful and ulifting. It carries you toward the heavens like a strong but friendly gust of wind. Audien replaces those brassy jazz horns with a punchy line and cute, pitchy vocal chops. It’s a feel-good groove for fans of the old future bass feeling.
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Laidback Luke Remix)
Laidback Luke karate kicks this soulfun tune into the stratosphere with some high-energy drums, a rowdy synth and a syncopated Latin rhythm. This one is all about the build, and the release is just as epic. Drop this one at peak hour, when people are ready to sweat.
Calvin Harris – “Giant” Feat. Rag’n’Bone Man (Weiss Remix)
We cool back down with this Weiss remix that takes “Giant” to church. Choral organs and clapping drums give a gospel feeling, but the four-on-the-floor beat keeps one foot firmly planted in the club. The dance floor is the testimony we’re giving, and you can be the witness.