I think we can all agree that Calvin Harris’ newest music endeavor is like, really cool. He’s transitioned from this EDM god to the King of interesting collaborations (and giving Takeoff his chance to shine solo, sorry Quavo) and now pop bangers (aka cool beats with rappers yelling their signature ad-libs repeatedly).
I don’t know about you, but “Feels” makes me FEEL some type of way, almost like there’s some copyright infringement going on, something that Pharrell who is a featured artist on the song is not new to.
If you haven’t figured it out, the bass line of “Feels” is almost identical to that of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “Let’s Groove.” Go ahead, take a minute to hear for yourself.
If you’re a copyright nerd like me, you live for these scandals. But if it sounds like an obvious interpolation, then why did WhoSampled.com reject the claim? This is where copyright law gets convoluted and basically screws artist’s like Earth, Wind & Fire out of credit and royalties, so pop moguls like Calvin Harris and Pharrell don’t have to come up with new melodies and can remain untouchable. An interpolation is when an artist takes a melody previously recorded and re-records it specifically so it is not a sample. This way an artist doesn’t have to credit the original recorders of the melody interpolated.
Not to be blunt but also to be blunt, I think this is complete crap. We live in an era where TIDAL is *trying* to rule the world along with its owners and the whole point is to give credit where credit is due. The two bass lines are indistinguishable, like the melodic themes from different songs by The Weeknd (#sorrynotsorry). I guess only time will tell if a funky wav bounces a lawsuit to shore.